Small perforations in corrugated sandwich panel significantly enhance low frequency sound absorption and transmission loss

H. Meng, M. A. Galland, M. Ichchou, O. Bareille, F. X. Xin, T. J. Lu

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Numerical and experimental investigations are performed to evaluate the low frequency sound absorption coefficient (SAC) and sound transmission loss (STL) of corrugated sandwich panels with different perforation configurations, including perforations in one of the face plates, in the corrugated core, and in both the face plate and the corrugated core. Finite element (FE) models are constructed with considerations of acoustic-structure interactions and viscous and thermal energy dissipations inside the perforations. The validity of FE calculations is checked against experimental measurements with the tested samples provided by additive manufacturing. Compared with the classical corrugated sandwich without perforation, the corrugated sandwich with perforated pores in one of its face plate not only exhibits a higher SAC at low frequencies but also a better STL as a consequence of the enlarged SAC. The influences of perforation diameter and perforation ratio on the vibroacoustic performance of the sandwich are also explored. For a corrugated sandwich with uniform perforations, the acoustical resonance frequencies and bandwidth in its SAC and STL curves decrease with increasing pore diameter and decreasing perforation ratio. Non-uniform perforation diameters and perforation ratios result in larger bandwidth and lower acoustical resonance frequencies relative to the case of uniform perforations. The proposed perforated sandwich panels with corrugated cores are attractive ultralightweight structures for multifunctional applications such as simultaneous load-bearing, energy absorption, sound proofing and sound absorption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalComposite Structures
Early online date6 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


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