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Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. David W. Herrin


Scale modeling has been commonly used for architectural acoustics but use in other noise control areas is nominal. Acoustic scale modeling theory is first reviewed and then feasibility for small-scale applications, such as is common in the electronics industry, is investigated. Three application cases are used to examine the viability. In the first example, a scale model is used to determine the insertion loss of a rectangular barrier. In the second example, the transmission loss through parallel tubes drilled through a cylinder is measured and results are compared to a 2.85 times scale model with good agreement. The third example is a rectangular cuboid with a smaller cylindrical well bored into it. A point source is placed above the cuboid. The transfer function was measured between positions on the top of the cylinder and inside of the cylindrical well. Treatments were then applied sequentially including a cylindrical barrier around the well, a membrane cover over the opening, and a layer of sound absorption over the well. Results are compared between the full scale and a 5.7 times scale model and correlation between the two is satisfactory.

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