William Thompson, Jr.
Dept. of Eng. Sci. & Mech. and Appl. Res. Lab., Penn State Univ., P.O. Box 30, State College, PA 16804
Robert E. Montgomery
Naval Research Lab., Orlando, FL 32856-8337
An approximate numerical procedure has been developed for rapidly evaluating the spectral density integral that predicts the output of a planar array of sensors excited by turbulent boundary layer pressure fluctuations. This procedure is particularly useful in cases where the transfer function factor of the integrand is not a simple function of the wave numbers in the flow and transverse directions. The procedure exploits the facts that the entire integrand is a separable function of these two wave numbers and, for large arrays, the array function factor of the integrand is a rapidly varying function of wave number, characterized by many similar-shaped lobes. In addition, a model for multilayered media is employed to provide the transfer function for boundary conditions that closely correspond to reality. Results generated by this procedure were compared to those from an exact evaluation of the integral that is possible if the transfer function is taken to be constant; there was agreement to within 0.2 dB or better over a broad frequency interval. Some results for a realistic transfer function are presented, such as the case of an elastomeric layer backed by an elastic plate with the sensors embedded at an arbitrary position within the layer. [Work supported by NAVSEASYSCOM 06UR.]