Spatial attenuation of sound in a rectangular enclosure under active control of sound transmission through an elastically supported flexible panel

Siu Kit Lau, Shiu Keung Tang

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The present research involved a numerical analysis of the influence of the rotational and translational flexibilities of sound-transmitting panel edges in a two-dimensional cavity-panel system on the transmitted sound field under active control. We considered full coupling between the panel and the enclosed acoustic space. Visualisation of the sound field and a normalised impedance-mobility approach were used to investigate the performances of global and local control of the enclosed sound field and to overcome the limitations involved in assessing the attenuation of acoustic potential energy. The present results suggest that the optimal global control of the enclosed sound field is not attained under potential energy control. Good global and local performance is obtained using an acoustic control source at high eigen-frequencies. In terms of global and local performance, a high degree of translational flexibility of the panel edge yields better active control that a high degree of rotational flexibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-165
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Low Frequency Noise Vibration and Active Control
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Active sound-transmission control
  • Edge flexibility
  • Energy density

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Geophysics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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