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A Basic Study on a Rectangular Plane Space Sound Absorber Using Permeable Membranes
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Predicted Absorption Performance of Cylindrical and Rectangular Permeable Membrane Space Sound Absorbers Using the Three-Dimensional Boundary Element Method

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Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering, Kansai University, Yamate-cho, Suita, Osaka 564-8680, Japan
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Environmental Acoustics Lab., Department of Architecture, Grad. Sch. of Engineering, Kobe University, Rokko, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
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Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2714; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092714
Received: 11 April 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 13 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Acoustic Materials)
Three-dimensional, permeable membrane space sound absorbers have been proposed as practical and economical alternatives to three-dimensional, microperforated panel space sound absorbers. Previously, the sound absorption characteristics of a three-dimensional, permeable membrane space sound absorber were predicted using the two-dimensional boundary element method, but the prediction accuracy was impractical. Herein, a more accurate prediction method is proposed using the three-dimensional boundary element method. In the three-dimensional analysis, incident waves from the elevation angle direction and reflected waves from the floor are considered, using the mirror image. In addition, the dissipated energy ratio is calculated based on the sound absorption of a surface with a unit sound absorption power. To validate the three-dimensional numerical method, and to estimate the improvement in prediction accuracy, the results are compared with those of the measurements and two-dimensional analysis. For cylindrical and rectangular space sound absorbers, three-dimensional analysis provides a significantly improved prediction accuracy for any shape and membrane sample that is suitable for practical use. View Full-Text
Keywords: membrane; permeability; space sound absorber; boundary element method membrane; permeability; space sound absorber; boundary element method
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Toyoda, M.; Funahashi, K.; Okuzono, T.; Sakagami, K. Predicted Absorption Performance of Cylindrical and Rectangular Permeable Membrane Space Sound Absorbers Using the Three-Dimensional Boundary Element Method. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2714.

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