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Performance of T-shape barriers with top surface covered with absorptive quadratic residue diffusers

Monazzam, M and Lam, YW 2008, 'Performance of T-shape barriers with top surface covered with absorptive quadratic residue diffusers' , Applied Acoustics, 69 (2) , pp. 93-109.

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    Abstract

    A previous paper [Applied Acoustics 66 (2005) 709–730] has shown that adding a quadratic residue diffuser (QRD) to the top of a T-shape barrier can provide better barrier performance than an equivalent purely absorptive barrier. In here, we extend the study to look at the performance when a QRD is made absorptive. This paper presents an investigation on the acoustic performance of a few welled-diffusers with different absorption ability on top of a T-shape noise barrier. The absorption properties of the diffusers are modified with different sequences, by filling the wells with fiberglass, by covering the well entrance with wire meshes, and by putting perforated sheet either on the top surface or inside the wells. A 2D Boundary Element Method (BEM) is used to calculate the barrier insertion loss. The numerical and experimental results on diffuser barriers with rigid and absorptive covers are compared. Among the tested models the best method of treating diffuser barriers with absorbent agents in the QRD is found to be a perorated sheet on top or inside the diffuser wells. It is found that increasing the absorption ability of QRD by fiberglass or high resistance wire meshes has negative effect on the efficiency of a QRD barrier. It is shown that, if the increase in absorption destroys the effect of resonance in wells, it will also have negative effect on the insertion loss performance of the QRD edge barrier. © Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Applied Acoustics
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0003-682X
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    Depositing User: YW Lam
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 10:05
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:12
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18054

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