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Corona Discharge Velocimeter

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An acoustic velocity sensor is described. It uses a small volume of ionized gas as sensing element to estimate the velocity of air particles, especially their oscillations caused by an acoustic perturbation. The generation of charged particles is performed by a negative point-to-plane discharge, the plane anode being split into two electrically insulated parts. The principle of this velocity sensor is based on the measurement of the radial deflection of the charged particles which flow between the point and the two half-planes, this deflection being caused by the motion of the air particles resulting from the acoustic field. An electroacoustic model of this velocity sensor is proposed, based on the fluctuations of the current density distribution over the plane electrodes. An experimental set-up is developed using a waveguide. It allows to compare simultaneously the acoustic velocity deduced from the corona discharge sensor on one side, and that resulting from the two-microphone method on the other side. This paper also proposes a parametric study to quantify the influence of the electrical and geometrical parameters of the discharge on this acoustic sensor.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 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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