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.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Monson, Brian B., "Optimization of Active Noise Control for Small Axial Cooling Fans" (2006). All Theses and Dissertations. 515.
noise, active noise control, cooling fans