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Robust, compact, and inexpensive analog controllers for cabin noise control
Author(s): Woosuk Chang; Kartik Ramanathan; Vasundara V. Varadan; Vijay K. Varadan
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Paper Abstract

Active Noise Control has been an area of research interest in the recent decades with the goal of providing reduced noise levels in automobile and aircraft enclosures. Although digital controllers are adaptable and efficient, they lack the simplicity of analog controllers due to the requirement of a computer, D/A and A/D boards. Analog controllers on the other hand can be designed to be compact using current IC technology and hence are relatively very cheap. The following paper studies the application of an analog robust controller to abate the noise radiated into a non-reverberant wooden enclosure by a clamped aluminum plate. Since only the odd-odd modes radiate efficiently, a SISO robust analog controller was designed and built inexpensively for a piezoelectric actuator and accelerometer sensor placed at the center of the plate. A reduction of 17 dB is observed when the panel is excited at its fundamental frequency, the dominant radiating mode. When the plate is excited with narrowband noise (40 - 316 Hz), the controller reduces the noise levels in the enclosure by 9 dB. The experimental results agree well with the controller simulation carried out using MATLAB.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3667, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350104
Show Author Affiliations
Woosuk Chang, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Kartik Ramanathan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Vasundara V. Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3667:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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