In contrast to the structural modes, which describe the physical motion of vibrating structures, acoustic radiation modes describe the radiated sound power. Radiation modes are beneficial in active noise control because reducing an efficiently radiating radiation mode guarantees the reduction of radiated sound power. Much work has been done to calculate the radiation modes for simple geometries, where analytic solutions are available. In this work, isogeometric analysis (IGA) is used to provide a tool capable of analyzing the radiation modes of arbitrarily complex geometries. IGA offers increased accuracy and efficiency by using basis functions generated from Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) or T-Splines, which can represent geometries exactly. Results showing this increased accuracy and efficiency with IGA using T-Splines are shown for a sphere to validate the method, comparing with the exact analytical solution as well as results from a traditional boundary element method. A free cylindrical shell is also analyzed to show the usefulness of this method. Expected similarities, as well as expected differences, are observed between this free shell and a baffled cylindrical shell.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Humpherys, Candice Marie, "Application of an Isogeometric Boundary Element Method to the Calculation of Acoustic Radiation Modes and Their Efficiencies" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 4371.
isogeometric analysis, boundary element method, radiation modes