ASA 124th Meeting New Orleans 1992 October

3pSA10. Modeling and experiments with low-frequency pressure wave propagation in liquid-filled, flexible tubes.

Cato Bjell

GECO-PRAKLA, FI, N-5100, Isdalst(slashed oh), Norway

Leif Bj(slashed oh)rn(slashed oh)

Technical University of Denmark

A model for wave propagation in a liquid-filled viscoelastic tube with arrays of receivers inside, is being used to analyze the influence of noise generated by in-line vibrational noise sources. In this model, distensibility is of greater importance than compressibility of the liquid. The dispersion and attenuation is shown to be strongly dependent on the viscoelastic properties of the tube wall. The complex, frequency-dependent moduli of relevant tube materials have been measured in stress wave transfer function experiments. The moduli are used in the model to produce realistic dispersion relations and frequency-dependent attenuation. A 12-m-long, liquid-filled tube with interior stress members and connectors in each end is hanging vertically from an upper fixture. The lower end connector is excited by a power vibrator to generate the relevant wave modes. Measurements with reference accelerometers and arrays of hydrophones inside are compared to the theoretical model for wave propagation. A good agreement between experimental data and theoretical predictions is found.