Journal of Flow, Turbulence and Combustion vol:61 issue:1-4 pages:189-209
A distributed acoustic actuator for active noise control, consisting of a piezoelectric PVDF film, bonded at each side of a carrier structure, is simulated and built. The piezoelements are driven in anti-phase, resulting in a bending motion of the actuator, and thus in the necessary out-of-plane displacement for sound radiation.
An analytical model for the acoustic actuator is derived, relating the actuator's displacement to the applied voltage, taking into account the influence of the piezoelectric film on the actuator's stiffness. The model is used to optimise the specifications for the piezoelectric film and the carrier structure, resulting in the highest sound power output in a frequency range from 30500 Hz.
An analytical model for the behaviour of a double panel partition is derived. The analytical model is combined with the model for the acoustic actuator, describing an actively controlled double panel partition with a distributed acoustic actuator integrated in the cavity. A controller is added to the system to control the sound power transmitted through the double panel partition. Simulation results show that a substantial increase of transmission loss can be achieved in the low frequency region (30500 Hz) with this configuration.