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On an Integrated Transfer Matrix method for multiply connected mufflers

Vijayasree, NK and Munjal, ML (2012) On an Integrated Transfer Matrix method for multiply connected mufflers. In: Journal of Sound and Vibration, 331 (8). pp. 1926-1938.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsv.2011.12.003


The commercial automotive mufflers are generally of a complicated shape with multiply connected parts and complex acoustic elements. The analysis of such complex mufflers has always been a great challenge. In this paper, an Integrated Transfer Matrix method has been developed to analyze complex mufflers. Integrated transfer matrix relates the state variables across the entire cross-section of the muffler shell, as one moves along the axis of the muffler, and can be partitioned appropriately in order to relate the state variables of different tubes constituting the cross-section. The paper presents a generalized one-dimensional (1-D) approach, using the transfer matrices of simple acoustic elements, which are available from the literature. The present approach is robust and flexible owing to its capability to construct an overall matrix of the muffler with the transfer matrices of individual acoustic elements and boundary conditions, which can then be used to evaluate the transmission loss, insertion loss, etc. Results from the present approach have been validated through comparisons with the available experimental and three-dimensional finite element method (FEM) based results. The results show good agreement with both measurements and FEM analysis up to the cut-off frequency. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
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Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 11:21
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2012 11:21
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/44153

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