Estimation Of Damping Loss Factors By Using The Hilbert Transform And Exponential Average Method
The damping loss factor of a structural panel plays a significant role in its vibro-acoustic performance. The objective of this paper is to present a new procedure for evaluating the damping loss factors of these panels. Traditionally, the damping loss factors are determined by using the decay rate of the decay curves which are experimentally obtained from the structure. However, this is time consuming and the accuracy is limited by fluctuations in the decay curve. In this paper, the envelope signal of each decay curve is determined through its Hilbert transform, and the remaining small fluctuations in the envelope signal are further smoothed out by the exponential average method. Finally, the damping loss factor is estimated based on the smoothed envelope signal of each decay curve. A computer program has been developed to implement this procedure. It is shown that this procedure improves both accuracy and efficiency of the decay rate method for estimating damping loss factor.