Acoustics and Radar Technol. Lab., SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Gary H. Koopmann
Penn State Univ., University Park, PA 16802
An improved method of active structural acoustics control is presented that is based on the minimization of the total power radiated from any structure expressed in terms of a truncated series sum. Each term of this sum is related to the coupling between the orthogonal eigenvectors of the radiation impedance matrix (referred to as ``basis functions'') and the structural surface velocity vector. The basis functions act as surface velocity filters. These acoustic basis functions are found to be weak functions of frequency but their corresponding weighting coefficients increase monotonically with frequency. The minimization of the radiated power is shown to result in a structural surface velocity vector that couples poorly to those acoustic basis functions that account for high efficiency sound radiation. This strategy is demonstrated numerically for a clamped-clamped baffled beam in air. An unexpected benefit of the control strategy described is that it provides a rational procedure for selecting the number and placement of actuators and sensors on a structure for effective control. This development is significant since this procedure doe not require a priori knowledge of the dynamics of the structure.