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Optimization of vibrating structures to reduce radiated noise

Nandy, Arup Kumar and Jog, CS (2012) Optimization of vibrating structures to reduce radiated noise. In: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 45 (5). pp. 717-728.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00158-011-0737-5


In this work, we propose an approach for reducing radiated noise from `light' fluid-loaded structures, such as, for example, vibrating structures in air. In this approach, we optimize the structure so as to minimize the dynamic compliance (defined as the input power) of the structure. We show that minimizing the dynamic compliance results in substantial reductions in the radiated sound power from the structure. The main advantage of this approach is that the redesign to minimize the dynamic compliance moves the natural frequencies of the structure away from the driving frequency thereby reducing the vibration levels of the structure, which in turn results in a reduction in the radiated sound power as an indirect benefit. Thus, the need for an acoustic and the associated sensitivity analysis is completely bypassed (although, in this work, we do carry out an acoustic analysis to demonstrate the reduction in sound power levels), making the strategy efficient compared to existing strategies in the literature which try to minimize some measure of noise directly. We show the effectiveness of the proposed approach by means of several examples involving both topology and stiffener optimization, for vibrating beam, plate and shell-type structures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article is belongs to Springer.
Keywords: Optimization;Dynamic compliance;Manufacturability
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2012 08:29
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2012 08:32
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/44439

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