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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2018, Article ID 7146580, 16 pages
Research Article

A Comparative Study on Acoustic Optimization and Analysis of CLD/Plate in a Cavity Using ESO and GA

1Mechanical Engineering College, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
2State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Dongdong Zhang; nc.ude.tssu@gnahzgnodgnod

Received 30 June 2017; Revised 3 January 2018; Accepted 13 February 2018; Published 19 March 2018

Academic Editor: Marcello Vanali

Copyright © 2018 Dongdong Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An acoustic radiation model of a cavity with a flexible plate treated with constrained layer damping (CLD) is developed by a combination of finite element method (FEM) and boundary element method (BEM). An acoustic topology optimization model is established with the objective of minimizing sound radiation power at specific modal frequency and design variables defined as locations of CLD treatments. The evolutionary structural optimization (ESO) method and genetic algorithm (GA) are employed to search optimal CLD configurations. Sound power sensitivity for CLD/plate is derived to determine search direction in ESO optimization procedure. The optimal CLD layouts for the flexible plate with two different boundary conditions are obtained and analyzed. Computational time, optimal layouts, and minimum sound power obtained using ESO and GA are compared. The results demonstrate effectiveness of the two methods, and ESO is more efficient to obtain deterministic and more practical optimal CLD material layouts for minimizing sound radiation power. The influences of CLD materials thickness and exciting force locations on optimal results obtained using ESO are discussed in detail. It is shown that the optimal rejection ratio varies with thicknesses of CLD materials and distribution of normal velocity of the flexible plate. Variation trend of the optimal rejection ratio is opposite for the two boundary conditions.