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Labyrinthine Acoustic Metamaterials with Space-Coiling Channels for Low-Frequency Sound Control

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We numerically analyze the performance of labyrinthine acoustic metamaterials with internal channels folded along a Wunderlich space-filling curve to control low-frequency sound in air. In contrast to previous studies, we perform direct modeling of wave propagation through folded channels without introducing effective theory assumptions. We reveal that metastructures with channels that allow wave propagation in the opposite direction to incident waves, have different dynamics as compared to those for straight slits of equivalent length. These differences are attributed to tortuosity effects and result in 100% wave reflection at band gap frequencies. This total reflection phenomenon is found to be insensitive to thermo-viscous dissipation in air. For labyrinthine channels generated by recursive iteration levels, one can achieve broadband total sound reflection by using a metamaterial monolayer, and efficiently control the amount of absorbed wave energy by tuning the channel width. Thus, the work contributes to a better understanding of labyrinthine metamaterials with potential applications for reflection and filtering of low-frequency airborne sound.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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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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