Advances in Acoustics and Vibration The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2016 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Development of an Experimental Model for a Magnetorheological Damper Using Artificial Neural Networks (Levenberg-Marquardt Algorithm) Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:50:50 +0000 This paper is based on the experimental study for design and control of vibrations in automotive vehicles. The objective of this paper is to develop a model for the highly nonlinear magnetorheological (MR) damper to maximize passenger comfort in an automotive vehicle. The behavior of the MR damper is studied under different loading conditions and current values in the system. The input and output parameters of the system are used as a training data to develop a suitable model using Artificial Neural Networks. To generate the training data, a test rig similar to a quarter car model was fabricated to load the MR damper with a mechanical shaker to excite it externally. With the help of the test rig the input and output parameter data points are acquired by measuring the acceleration and force of the system at different points with the help of an impedance head and accelerometers. The model is validated by measuring the error for the testing and validation data points. The output of the model is the optimum current that is supplied to the MR damper, using a controller, to increase the passenger comfort by minimizing the amplitude of vibrations transmitted to the passenger. Besides using this model for cars, bikes, and other automotive vehicles it can also be modified by retraining the algorithm and used for civil structures to make them earthquake resistant. Ayush Raizada, Pravin Singru, Vishnuvardhan Krishnakumar, and Varun Raj Copyright © 2016 Ayush Raizada et al. All rights reserved. Working and Limitations of Cable Stiffening in Flexible Link Manipulators Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:18:36 +0000 Rigid link manipulators (RLMs) are used in industry to move and manipulate objects in their workspaces. Flexible link manipulators (FLMs), which are much lighter and hence highly flexible compared to RLMs, have been proposed in the past as means to reduce energy consumption and increase the speed of operation. Unlike RLM, an FLM has infinite degrees of freedom actuated by finite number of actuators. Due to high flexibility affecting the precision of operation, special control algorithms are required to make them usable. Recently, a method to stiffen FLMs using cables, without adding significant inertia or adversely affecting the advantages of FLMs, has been proposed as a possible solution in a preliminary work by the authors. An FLM stiffened using cables can use existing control algorithms designed for RLMs. In this paper we discuss in detail the working principle and limitations of cable stiffening for flexible link manipulators through simulations and experiments. A systematic way of deciding the location of cable attachments to the FLM is also presented. The main result of this paper is to show the advantage of adding a second pair of cables in reducing overall link deflections. Rahul Dixit and R. Prasanth Kumar Copyright © 2016 Rahul Dixit and R. Prasanth Kumar. All rights reserved. Forced Response of Polar Orthotropic Tapered Circular Plates Resting on Elastic Foundation Wed, 03 Aug 2016 07:26:36 +0000 Forced axisymmetric response of polar orthotropic circular plates of linearly varying thickness resting on Winkler type of elastic foundation has been studied on the basis of classical plate theory. An approximate solution of problem has been obtained by Rayleigh Ritz method, which employs functions based upon the static deflection of polar orthotropic circular plates. The effect of transverse loadings has been studied for orthotropic circular plate resting on elastic foundation. The transverse deflections and bending moments are presented for various values of taper parameter, rigidity ratio, foundation parameter, and flexibility parameter under different types of loadings. A comparison of results with those available in literature shows an excellent agreement. A. H. Ansari Copyright © 2016 A. H. Ansari. All rights reserved. Stability Analysis of a Flutter Panel with Axial Excitations Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:26:44 +0000 This paper investigates the parametric instability of a panel (beam) under high speed air flows and axial excitations. The idea is to affect out-of-plane vibrations and aerodynamic loads by in-plane excitations. The periodic axial excitation introduces time-varying items into the panel system. The numerical method based on Floquet theory and the perturbation method are utilized to solve the Mathieu-Hill equations. The system stability with respect to air/panel density ratio, dynamic pressure ratio, and excitation frequency are explored. The results indicate that panel flutter can be suppressed by the axial excitations with proper parameter combinations. Meng Peng and Hans A. DeSmidt Copyright © 2016 Meng Peng and Hans A. DeSmidt. All rights reserved. Generation of Hydroacoustic Waves by an Oscillating Ice Block in Arctic Zones Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:11:53 +0000 The time harmonic problem of propagating hydroacoustic waves generated in the ocean by a vertically oscillating ice block in arctic zones is discussed. The generated acoustic modes can result in orbital displacements of fluid parcels sufficiently high that may contribute to deep ocean currents and circulation. This mechanism adds to current efforts for explaining ocean circulation from a snowball earth Neoproterozoic Era to greenhouse earth arctic conditions and raises a challenge as the extent of ice blocks shrinks towards an ice-free sea. Surprisingly, unlike the free-surface setting, here it is found that the higher acoustic modes exhibit a larger contribution. Usama Kadri Copyright © 2016 Usama Kadri. All rights reserved. Optimization of Automotive Suspension System by Design of Experiments: A Nonderivative Method Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:27:23 +0000 A lot of health issues like low back pain, digestive disorders, and musculoskeletal disorders are caused as a result of the whole body vibrations induced by automobiles. This paper is concerned with the enhancement and optimization of suspension performance by using factorial methods of Design of Experiments, a nonderivative method. It focuses on the optimization of ride comfort and determining the parameters which affect the suspension behavior significantly as per the guidelines stated in ISO 2631-1:1997 standards. A quarter car test rig integrated with a LabVIEW based data acquisition system was developed to understand the real time behavior of a vehicle. In the pilot experiment, only three primary suspension parameters, that is, spring-stiffness, damping, and sprung mass, were considered and the full factorial method was implemented for the purpose of optimization. But the regression analysis of the data obtained rendered a very low goodness of fit which indicated that other parameters are likely to influence the response. Subsequently, steering geometry angles, camber and toe and tire pressure, were included in the design. Fractional factorial method with six factors was implemented to optimize ride comfort. The resultant optimum combination was then verified on the test rig with high correlation. Anirban C. Mitra, Tanushri Soni, and G. R. Kiranchand Copyright © 2016 Anirban C. Mitra et al. All rights reserved. Design of Corrugated Plates for Optimal Fundamental Frequency Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:43:31 +0000 This paper investigates shifting the fundamental frequency of plate structures by corrugation. Creating corrugations significantly improves the flexural rigidities of plate and hence increases its natural frequencies. Two types of corrugations are investigated: sinusoidal and trapezoidal corrugations. The finite element method (FEM) is used to model the corrugated plates and extract the natural frequencies and mode shapes. The effects of corrugation geometrical parameters on simply supported plate fundamental frequency are studied. To reduce the computation time, the corrugated plates are modeled as orthotropic flat plates with equivalent rigidities. To demonstrate the validity of modeling the corrugated plates as orthotropic flat plates in studying the free vibration characteristics, a comparison between the results of finite element model and equivalent orthotropic models is made. A correspondence between the results of orthotropic models and the FE models is observed. The optimal designs of sinusoidal and trapezoidal corrugated plates are obtained based on a genetic algorithm. The optimization results show that plate corrugations can efficiently maximize plate fundamental frequency. It is found that the trapezoidal corrugation can more efficiently enhance the fundamental frequency of simply supported plate than the sinusoidal corrugation. Nabeel Alshabatat Copyright © 2016 Nabeel Alshabatat. All rights reserved. Acoustical Measurement and Biot Model for Coral Reef Detection and Quantification Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:06:19 +0000 Coral reefs are coastal resources and very useful for marine ecosystems. Nowadays, the existence of coral reefs is seriously threatened due to the activities of blast fishing, coral mining, marine sedimentation, pollution, and global climate change. To determine the existence of coral reefs, it is necessary to study them comprehensively. One method to study a coral reef by using a propagation of sound waves is proposed. In this research, the measurement of reflection coefficient, transmission coefficient, acoustic backscattering, hardness, and roughness of coral reefs has been conducted using acoustic instruments and numerical modeling using Biot theory. The results showed that the quantification of the acoustic backscatter can classify the type of coral reef. Henry M. Manik Copyright © 2016 Henry M. Manik. All rights reserved. On Peculiarities of Propagation of a Plane Elastic Wave through a Gradient Anisotropic Layer Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:58:50 +0000 The problem of diffraction of a plane elastic wave by an anisotropic layer is studied. The diffraction problem is reduced to a boundary value problem for the layer. The grid method is used for solving the resulting boundary value problem. The diffraction of a plane longitudinal wave by the layer is considered. Some peculiarities of the gain-frequency and the gain-angle characteristics of a normal component of an energy flow of a passed longitudinal wave are numerically studied. Anastasiia Anufrieva, Dmitry Chickrin, and Dmitrii Tumakov Copyright © 2015 Anastasiia Anufrieva et al. All rights reserved. Modeling of Laterally Sliding Motion of a Magnetic Clamp Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:11:30 +0000 A sliding magnetic clamp is used to hold a thin aluminum panel during a milling operation. The design includes a permanent magnet group follower (slave module) which slides laterally over the panel attracted by another permanent magnet group (master module) attached to the industrial robot end effector from the machined side of the panel. The lateral sliding motion of the slave module in response to the master module motion is studied using a transfer function based motion model established considering the lateral magnetic stiffness. The model is validated experimentally. A. Mahmud, J. R. R. Mayer, and L. Baron Copyright © 2015 A. Mahmud et al. All rights reserved. Eigennoise Speech Recovery in Adverse Environments with Joint Compensation of Additive and Convolutive Noise Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:23:11 +0000 The learning-based speech recovery approach using statistical spectral conversion has been used for some kind of distorted speech as alaryngeal speech and body-conducted speech (or bone-conducted speech). This approach attempts to recover clean speech (undistorted speech) from noisy speech (distorted speech) by converting the statistical models of noisy speech into that of clean speech without the prior knowledge on characteristics and distributions of noise source. Presently, this approach has still not attracted many researchers to apply in general noisy speech enhancement because of some major problems: those are the difficulties of noise adaptation and the lack of noise robust synthesizable features in different noisy environments. In this paper, we adopted the methods of state-of-the-art voice conversions and speaker adaptation in speech recognition to the proposed speech recovery approach applied in different kinds of noisy environment, especially in adverse environments with joint compensation of additive and convolutive noises. We proposed to use the decorrelated wavelet packet coefficients as a low-dimensional robust synthesizable feature under noisy environments. We also proposed a noise adaptation for speech recovery with the eigennoise similar to the eigenvoice in voice conversion. The experimental results showed that the proposed approach highly outperformed traditional nonlearning-based approaches. Trung-Nghia Phung, Huy-Khoi Do, Van-Tao Nguyen, and Quang-Vinh Thai Copyright © 2015 Trung-Nghia Phung et al. All rights reserved. An Image Based Mathematical Model for the Propagation of Fan Noise in a Plenum with Large Side Openings Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:03:18 +0000 This paper presents another application of an images group model for a special enclosure geometry and source orientation. A previous work outlined the concept via application to a special tight-fitting enclosure. Application of the concept to a fan plenum requires different mathematical descriptions for the image groups. This paper describes the sound reverberation inside a sound enclosure with mostly open sides where the primary noise sources are the air inlets and exhausts of axial type fans located at the top of the enclosure, the sound transmission through the air inlet openings, and the radiation to wayside positions. The main reverberation between the floor and ceiling is determined with an image based mathematical model. The model considers how the main reverberant part image group is amplified by its images from two parallel bulkheads and any side wall frame members. The method of images approach allows the hard surfaces of an untreated plenum to be represented by perfectly reflecting surfaces with zero sound absorption coefficients, thus not requiring any estimate or measurement for these surfaces. Numerical results show excellent comparison to experimental results for an actual plenum. The image model is also shown to be significantly more accurate than the standard large room diffuse field reverberant model. Michael J. Panza Copyright © 2015 Michael J. Panza. All rights reserved. Evaluation of Seven Time-Frequency Representation Algorithms Applied to Broadband Echolocation Signals Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:20:38 +0000 Time-frequency representation algorithms such as spectrograms have proven to be useful tools in marine biosonar signal analysis. Although there are several different time-frequency representation algorithms designed for different types of signals with various characteristics, it is unclear which algorithms that are best suited for transient signals, like the echolocation signals of echolocating whales. This paper describes a comparison of seven different time-frequency representation algorithms with respect to their usefulness when it comes to marine biosonar signals. It also provides the answer to how close in time and frequency two transients can be while remaining distinguishable as two separate signals in time-frequency representations. This is, for instance, relevant in studies where echolocation signal component azimuths are compared in the search for the exact location of their acoustic sources. The smallest time difference was found to be 20 µs and the smallest frequency difference 49 kHz of signals with a −3 dB bandwidth of 40 kHz. Among the tested methods, the Reassigned Smoothed Pseudo Wigner-Ville distribution technique was found to be the most capable of localizing closely spaced signal components. Josefin Starkhammar and Maria Hansson-Sandsten Copyright © 2015 Josefin Starkhammar and Maria Hansson-Sandsten. All rights reserved. A Noncontact Method for the Detection and Diagnosis of Surface Damage in Immersed Structures Tue, 19 May 2015 08:31:26 +0000 Detection and diagnosis method is proposed for surface damage in immersed structures. It is based on noncontact ultrasonic echography measurements, signal processing tools, and artificial intelligence methods. Significant features are extracted from the measured signals and a classification method is developed to detect the echoes resulting from surface damage in an immersed structure. The identification of the damage is also provided. Gaussian neural networks trained with a specific learning algorithm are developed for this purpose. The performance of the method is validated by laboratory experiments which indicate that this method could be suitable for the monitoring of inaccessible systems like marine turbines whose unavailability causes severe economic losses. Y. Sidibe, F. Druaux, D. Lefebvre, F. Leon, and G. Maze Copyright © 2015 Y. Sidibe et al. All rights reserved. Free Vibrations of a Series of Beams Connected by Viscoelastic Layers Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:40:52 +0000 An exact solution for free vibrations of a series of uniform Euler-Bernoulli beams connected by Kelvin-Voigt is developed. The beams have the same length and end conditions but can have different material or geometric properties. An example of five concentric beams connected by viscoelastic layers is considered. S. Graham Kelly and Clint Nicely Copyright © 2015 S. Graham Kelly and Clint Nicely. All rights reserved. Fault Diagnosis of Beam-Like Structure Using Modified Fuzzy Technique Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:31:02 +0000 This paper presents a novel hybrid fuzzy logic based artificial intelligence (AI) technique applicable to diagnosis of the crack parameters in a fixed-fixed beam by using the vibration signatures as input. The presence of damage in engineering structures leads to changes in vibration signatures like natural frequency and mode shapes. In the first part of this work, a structure with a failure crack has been analyzed using finite element method (FEM) and retrospective changes in the vibration signatures have been recorded. In the second part of the research work, these deviations in the vibration signatures for the first three mode shapes have been taken as input parameters for a fuzzy logic based controller for calculation of crack location and its severity as output parameters. In the proposed fuzzy controller, hybrid membership functions have been taken. Several fuzzy rules have been identified for prediction of crack depth and location and the results have been compared with finite element analysis. A database of experimental results has also been considered to check the robustness of the fuzzy controller. The results show that predictions for the nondimensional crack location, , deviate ~2.4% from experimental values and for the nondimensional crack depth, , are less than ~−2%. Dhirendranath Thatoi, Sasanka Choudhury, and Prabir Kumar Jena Jena Copyright © 2014 Dhirendranath Thatoi et al. All rights reserved. Analytical and Numerical Investigation of Lacing Wire Damage Induced Mistuning in Turbine Blade Packet Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:01:11 +0000 Investigations of modal parameters for a mistuned packet of turbine blades due to lacing wire damage are reported using analytical and numerical studies with a simplified model. The turbine blade is assumed to be an Euler-Bernoulli beam connected with a lacing wire which is modeled as a mass less linear elastic spring. Thus, the blade is considered as a continuous system and lacing wire as a discrete system. The analytical results using Eigen value analysis are compared with numerical results obtained using commercial finite element package. In real life situation, though not reported in the literature, it is the failure of lacing wire that occurs quite often compared to the turbine blade and acts as precursor to the subsequent blade damage if it goes undetected. Therefore, studying the modal parameters of the grouped turbine blades in the context of lacing wire failure becomes important. The effect of variation of lacing wire location and stiffness indicative of damage resulting in the loss of stiffness on modal parameters is investigated. The study reveals a lot of fundamental understandings pertaining to dynamic behavior of grouped blades compared to the stand-alone blade under the influence of damaged lacing wire. Mangesh S. Kotambkar and Animesh Chatterjee Copyright © 2014 Mangesh S. Kotambkar and Animesh Chatterjee. All rights reserved. What Really Caused the ROKS Cheonan Warship Sinking? Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:17:14 +0000 This paper is concerned with the sinking of the Korean naval warship (ROKS Cheonan) and the reported spectra of the seismic signals recorded at the time of the incident. The spectra of seismic signals show prominently amplitude peaks at around 8.5 Hz and its harmonics. These frequencies were explained with the vibrations of a water column due to an underwater explosion. This explanation is highly doubtful and concerns about its validity have already been raised in the scientific community. In this work an alternative explanation is presented: it is shown that the recorded seismic spectra are consistent with the natural frequencies of vibrations of a large submarine with a length of around 113 m. This finding raises the possibility that the ROKS Cheonan sunk because of the collision with a large submarine rather than the explosion of a torpedo or an underwater mine. Hwang Su Kim and Mauro Caresta Copyright © 2014 Hwang Su Kim and Mauro Caresta. All rights reserved. Doppler Velocity Estimation of Overlapping Linear-Period-Modulated Ultrasonic Waves Based on an Expectation-Maximization Algorithm Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:41:01 +0000 The occurrence of an overlapping signal is a significant problem in performing multiple objects localization. Doppler velocity is sensitive to the echo shape and is also able to be connected to the physical properties of moving objects, especially for a pulse compression ultrasonic signal. The expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm has the ability to achieve signal separation. Thus, applying the EM algorithm to the overlapping pulse compression signals is of interest. This paper describes a proposed method, based on the EM algorithm, of Doppler velocity estimation for overlapping linear-period-modulated (LPM) ultrasonic signals. Simulations are used to validate the proposed method. Natee Thong-un and Minoru K. Kurosawa Copyright © 2014 Natee Thong-un and Minoru K. Kurosawa. All rights reserved. S1-ZGV Modes of a Linear and Nonlinear Profile for Functionally Graded Material Using Power Series Technique Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:37:31 +0000 The present work deals with functionally graded materials (FGM) isotropic plates in the neighborhood of the first-order symmetric zero group velocity (S1-ZGV) point. The mechanical properties of functionally graded material (FGM) are assumed to vary continuously through the thickness of the plate and obey a power law of the volume fraction of the constituents. Governing equations for the problem are derived, and the power series technique (PST) is employed to solve the recursive equations. The impact of the FGM basic materials properties on S1-ZGV frequency of FGM plate is investigated. Numerical results show that S1-ZGV frequency is comparatively more sensitive to the shear modulus. The gradient coefficient does not affect the linear dependence of ZGV frequency as function of cut-off frequency ; only the slope is slightly varied. M. Zagrouba, M. S. Bouhdima, and M. H. Ben Ghozlen Copyright © 2014 M. Zagrouba et al. All rights reserved. Sound Scattering and Its Reduction by a Janus Sphere Type Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:31:39 +0000 Sound scattering by a Janus sphere type is considered. The sphere has two surface zones: a soft surface of zero acoustic impedance and a hard surface of infinite acoustic impedance. The zones are arranged such that axisymmetry of the sound field is preserved. The equivalent source method is used to compute the sound field. It is shown that, by varying the sizes of the soft and hard zones on the sphere, a significant reduction can be achieved in the scattered acoustic power and upstream directivity when the sphere is near a free surface and its soft zone faces the incoming wave and vice versa for a hard ground. In both cases the size of the sphere’s hard zone is much larger than that of its soft zone. The boundary location between the two zones coincides with the location of a zero pressure line of the incoming standing sound wave, thus masking the sphere within the sound field reflected by the free surface or the hard ground. The reduction in the scattered acoustic power diminishes when the sphere is placed in free space. Variations of the scattered acoustic power and directivity with the sound frequency are also given and discussed. Deliya Kim, Eldad Jitzhak Avital, and Touvia Miloh Copyright © 2014 Deliya Kim et al. All rights reserved. The Effect of Perforation on the Dynamics of a Flexible Panel Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:10:59 +0000 Introduction of holes into plate-like structures is commonly found as one of the practical noise control measures to reduce sound radiation. However, perforation also reduces the panel stiffness and hence increases its vibration. The discussion on this effect is lacking and hence this paper discusses the dynamics of a perforated panel from the results obtained from Finite Element (FE) model. Different hole geometries and arrangement are simulated to investigate their effect on the plate mobility. In general, it is found that increasing the perforation ratio increases the plate mobility. For a fixed perforation ratio, the mobility increases at high frequency (above 1 kHz) for a smaller hole density in the plate. The plate with holes concentrated at the middle shows the largest increase of vibration around the plate centre compared to those uniformly distributed or away from the middle and concentrated at the plate edges. This is because as the hole separation becomes smaller, the reduction of the global stiffness around the mid area of the plate becomes greater. This also corresponds to the finding here that the mobility is greater at the vicinity of the hole. Different conditions of the plate edges are found to give consistent trend of the effect of perforation. A. Putra, Y. M. Cheah, N. Muhammad, A. Rivai, and C. M. Wai Copyright © 2014 A. Putra et al. All rights reserved. Phase Portraits of the Autonomous Duffing Single-Degree-of-Freedom Oscillator with Coulomb Dry Friction Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:38:07 +0000 The paper presents phase portraits of the autonomous Duffing single-degree-of-freedom system with Coulomb dry friction in its parameter space. The considered nonlinearities of the cubic stiffness and Coulomb dry friction are widely used throughout the literature. It has been shown that there can be more than one sticking region in the phase plane. It has also been shown that an equilibrium point occurs at the critical combinations of values of the parameters and which gives rise to zero eigenvalue of the linearised system. The unstable limit cycle may appear in the case of negative viscous damping ; . Nikola Jakšić Copyright © 2014 Nikola Jakšić. All rights reserved. A Combined Softening and Hardening Mechanism for Low Frequency Human Motion Energy Harvesting Application Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:59:00 +0000 This paper concerns the mechanism for harvesting energy from human body motion. The vibration signal from human body motion during walking and jogging was first measured using 3-axes vibration recorder placed at various places on the human body. The measured signal was then processed using Fourier series to investigate its frequency content. A mechanism was proposed to harvest the energy from the low frequency-low amplitude human motion. This mechanism consists of the combined nonlinear hardening and softening mechanism which was aimed at widening the bandwidth as well as amplifying the low human motion frequency. This was realized by using a translation-to-rotary mechanism which converts the translation motion of the human motion into the rotational motion. The nonlinearity in the system was realized by introducing a winding spring stiffness and the magnetic stiffness. Quasi-static and dynamic measurement were conducted to investigate the performance of the mechanism. The results show that, with the right degree of nonlinearity, the two modes can be combined together to produce a wide flat response. For the frequency amplification, the mechanism manages to increase the frequency by around 8 times in terms of rotational speed. Khalis Suhaimi, Roszaidi Ramlan, and Azma Putra Copyright © 2014 Khalis Suhaimi et al. All rights reserved. Surface Wave Propagation in a Microstretch Thermoelastic Diffusion Material under an Inviscid Liquid Layer Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:58:10 +0000 The present investigation deals with the propagation of Rayleigh type surface waves in an isotropic microstretch thermoelastic diffusion solid half space under a layer of inviscid liquid. The secular equation for surface waves in compact form is derived after developing the mathematical model. The dispersion curves giving the phase velocity and attenuation coefficients with wave number are plotted graphically to depict the effect of an imperfect boundary alongwith the relaxation times in a microstretch thermoelastic diffusion solid half space under a homogeneous inviscid liquid layer for thermally insulated, impermeable boundaries and isothermal, isoconcentrated boundaries, respectively. In addition, normal velocity component is also plotted in the liquid layer. Several cases of interest under different conditions are also deduced and discussed. Rajneesh Kumar, Sanjeev Ahuja, and S. K. Garg Copyright © 2014 Rajneesh Kumar et al. All rights reserved. In Situ Measurement of Discomfort Curves for Seated Subjects in a Car on the Four-Post Rig Mon, 04 Aug 2014 06:45:04 +0000 The aim of this study is to measure and quantify perceived intensity of discomfort due to vibration in a vehicle in situ considering complete vehicle dynamic behaviour. The shaker table based discomfort curves or the road test results may not accurately and universally indicate the true level of human discomfort in a vehicle. A new experimental method, using a seated human in a car on the four-post rig simulator, is proposed to quantify discomfort. The intensity of perception to vibration decreased with decreasing input and increasing frequency; the rate of change is different from the published literature; the difference is large for angular modes of inputs. Vehicle dynamic response is used to inform and analyse the results. The repeatability of the method and the fact that they are in situ measurements may eventually help reduce reliance on the road tests. Furthermore, discomfort curves obtained, subsequently, can be used in predictive models. T. Ibicek and A. N. Thite Copyright © 2014 T. Ibicek and A. N. Thite. All rights reserved. Prediction of Vibrational Behavior of Grid-Stiffened Cylindrical Shells Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:16:02 +0000 A unified analytical approach is applied to investigate the vibrational behavior of grid-stiffened cylindrical shells with different boundary conditions. A smeared method is employed to superimpose the stiffness contribution of the stiffeners with those of shell in order to obtain the equivalent stiffness parameters of the whole panel. Theoretical formulation is established based on Sanders’ thin shell theory. The modal forms are assumed to have the axial dependency in the form of Fourier series whose derivatives are legitimized using Stoke's transformation. A 3D finite element model is also built using ABAQUS software which takes into consideration the exact geometric configuration of the stiffeners and the shell. The achievements from the two types of analyses are compared with each other and good agreement has been obtained. The Influences of variations in shell geometrical parameters, boundary condition, and changes in the cross stiffeners angle on the natural frequencies are studied. The results obtained are novel and can be used as a benchmark for further studies. The simplicity and the capability of the present method are also discussed. G. H. Rahimi, M. Hemmatnezhad, and R. Ansari Copyright © 2014 G. H. Rahimi et al. All rights reserved. A Mathematical Images Group Model to Estimate the Sound Level in a Close-Fitting Enclosure Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:33:29 +0000 This paper describes a special mathematical images model to determine the sound level inside a close-fitting sound enclosure. Such an enclosure is defined as the internal air volume defined by a machine vibration noise source at one wall and a parallel reflecting wall located very close to it and acts as the outside radiating wall of the enclosure. Four smaller surfaces define a parallelepiped for the volume. The main reverberation group is between the two large parallel planes. Viewed as a discrete line-type source, the main group is extended as additional discrete line-type source image groups due to reflections from the four smaller surfaces. The images group approach provides a convergent solution for the case where hard reflective surfaces are modeled with absorption coefficients equal to zero. Numerical examples are used to calculate the sound pressure level incident on the outside wall and the effect of adding high absorption to the front wall. This is compared to the result from the general large room diffuse reverberant field enclosure formula for several hard wall absorption coefficients and distances between machine and front wall. The images group method is shown to have low sensitivity to hard wall absorption coefficient value and presents a method where zero sound absorption for hard surfaces can be used rather than an initial hard surface sound absorption estimate or measurement to predict the internal sound levels the effect of adding absorption. Michael J. Panza Copyright © 2014 Michael J. Panza. All rights reserved. Effect of Velocity and Time-Step on the Continuity of a Discrete Moving Sound Image Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:46:47 +0000 As a basic study into 3-D audio display systems, this paper reports the conditions of moving sound image velocity and time-step where a discrete moving sound image is perceived as continuous motion. In this study, the discrete moving sound image was presented through headphones and ran along the ear-axis. The experiments tested the continuity of a discrete moving sound image using various conditions of velocity (0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 2, 3, and 4 m/s) and time-step (0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.10, 0.12, and 0.14 s). As a result, the following were required in order to present the discrete moving sound image as continuous movement. (1) The 3-D audio display system was required to complete the sound image presentation process, including head tracking and HRTF simulation, in a time shorter than 0.02 s, in order to present sound image movement at all velocities. (2) A processing time longer than 0.1 s was not acceptable. (3) If the 3-D audio display system only presented very slow movement (less than about 0.5 m/s), processing times ranging from 0.04 s to 0.06 s were still acceptable. Yoshikazu Seki Copyright © 2014 Yoshikazu Seki. All rights reserved. Subband DCT and EMD Based Hybrid Soft Thresholding for Speech Enhancement Tue, 20 May 2014 05:19:01 +0000 This paper presents a two-stage soft thresholding algorithm based on discrete cosine transform (DCT) and empirical mode decomposition (EMD). In the first stage, noisy speech is decomposed into eight frequency bands and a specific noise variance is calculated for each one. Based on this variance, each band is denoised using soft thresholding in DCT domain. The remaining noise is eliminated in the second stage through a time domain soft thresholding strategy adapted to the intrinsic mode functions (IMFs) derived by applying EMD on the signal obtained from the first stage processing. Significantly better SNR improvement and perceptual speech quality results for different noise types prove the superiority of the proposed algorithm over recently reported techniques. Erhan Deger, Md. Khademul Islam Molla, Keikichi Hirose, Nobuaki Minematsu, and Md. Kamrul Hasan Copyright © 2014 Erhan Deger et al. All rights reserved.