Journal of the acoustical society of america vol:101 issue:6 pages:3443-3456
Vibration attenuation at junctions of point connected plates is an important aspect of structure-borne sound transmission in many realistic structures. The vibrational response of point connected plates can be predicted using statistical energy analysis (SEA), where coupling loss factors are calculated based on mobility formulations. However, in the process of deriving the coupling loss factors for point connected systems, a number of assumptions and simplifications were introduced. In this paper, a more advanced calculation model, based on a wave approach for elastically coupled semi-infinite plates, is presented. Local rigid connections are modeled using an elastic interlayer characterized by a space-dependent stiffness. Periodic boundary conditions are assumed at the junction and the plate response is described using a Fourier decomposition technique. Calculation results obtained for two different junction geometries demonstrate the influence of the distance between the point connections on the structure-borne sound transmission. Finally, a comparison between a number of numerical and experimental results illustrates the ability of the model to predict the influence of the density and the width of the point connections with good accuracy. (C) 1997 Acoustical Society of America.