Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-01-1521
2011-05-17

Effect of Flow on Helmholtz Resonator Acoustics: A Three-Dimensional Computational Study vs. Experiments 2011-01-1521

The effectiveness of the Helmholtz resonator as a narrow band acoustic attenuator, particularly at low frequencies, makes it a highly desirable component in a wide variety of applications, including engine breathing systems. The present study investigates the influence of mean flow grazing over the neck of such a configuration on its acoustic performance both computationally and experimentally. Three-dimensional unsteady, turbulent, and compressible Navier-Stokes equations are solved by using the Pressure-Implicit-Splitting-of-Operators algorithm in STAR-CD to determine the time-dependent flow field. The introduction of mean flow in the main duct is shown to reduce the peak transmission loss and shift the fundamental resonance frequency to a higher value. The predictions for transmission loss exhibit a good agreement with the experimental results obtained on a flow-impedance tube, thereby demonstrating the effectiveness of the computational approach in studying the complex interactions of the flow field with the acoustics of Helmholtz resonators.

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