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Experiments on Flow Noise Generation in Simple Exhaust Geometries

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Aerodynamic sound generation in mufflers has become a major concern for exhaust manufacturers, mainly in high-performance engines running at high speed, in which the contribution to overall noise from aerodynamic sources generated by the flow inside the muffler may even surpass the acoustic attenuation effect for which they are designed. Therefore, it would be convenient to gain some insight into the mechanisms by which a given geometrical arrangement may give rise to the generation of flow noise, so that a compromise may be sought between acoustic attenuation and flow noise production. In this paper, a series of experiments with geometries of increasing complexity is designed and performed in an attempt to account for the different mechanisms present in practice and their interactions. The final objective is to obtain some order-of-magnitude arguments regarding the expectable flow noise levels associated with a given geometry at given running conditions, and to check the applicability of usual scaling laws to measurements representative of current industrial practice.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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