Abstract

Previous work has shown that active noise control is a feasible solution to attenuate tonal noise radiated by small axial cooling fans, such as those found in desktop computers. One such control system reduced noise levels of a baffled 80-mm fan in the free field with four small loudspeakers surrounding the fan. Due to industry specified spatial constraints, a smaller fan and speaker configuration was desirable. The smaller configuration maintains similar control performance, further facilitating practical implementation of the control system. The smaller control system employs a smaller fan running at a higher speed. Different loudspeaker configurations for control exist and have been tested. A configuration consisting of four control sources spaced symmetrically around and coplanar to the fan exhibits global control of the tonal component of the fan noise. A configuration with three symmetrically spaced sources is shown to perform similarly, agreeing with theoretical prediction. An analysis of the control system in a non-ideal reflective environment is also discussed.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy

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Date Submitted

2006-07-20

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd1495

Keywords

noise, active noise control, cooling fans

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