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Active Control in an Anechoic Room: Theory and First Simulations

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Noise control and source design require the measurement of sound radiation at low frequencies. Anechoic rooms, which are designed for this purpose, allow echo-free measurements at medium or high frequency but passive wall treatment is less effective at low frequency and in practice no facility provides anechoicity below 50 Hz. This paper discusses the applicability of an active control algorithm which has been previously introduced to minimize the echoes from a scattering object to the cancellation of the low frequency wall echoes in an anechoic room including wall-embedded secondary sources. At first the paper discusses, in the general case then for a free half-space as a model case, the algorithm key which consists in estimating the scattered acoustic pressure from total pressure measurements. Boundary Element Method computations are secondly used to simulate estimation and active control of error signals accounting for the low-frequency scattered pressure in an anechoic room. The simulations show that control with a few dozen microphones and noise sources allows a large reduction of the noise scattered from the walls at low-frequency.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2017

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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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