Zhuang Mo, Tongyang Shi, Seungkyu Lee, Yongbeom Seo and J. Stuart Bolton, “A Hybrid Acoustic Model for Composite Materials Composed of Fibers and High Surface Area Particles,” Paper 2021-01-1127, SAE International Journal of Advances and Current Practices in Mobility, DOI:


High surface area particles have drawn attention in the context of noise control due to their good sound absorption performance at low frequencies, which is an advantage compared with more traditional materials. That observation suggests that there is a good potential to use these particles in various scenarios, especially where low frequency noise is the main concern. To facilitate their application, composite materials are formed by dispersing particles within a fiber matrix, thus giving more flexibility in positioning those particles. In this work, a hybrid model that combines a model for limp porous materials and a model of high surface area particles is proposed to describe the acoustic performance of such composites. Two-microphone standing wave tube test results for several types of composites with different thickness, basis weight, and particle concentration are provided. An optimization procedure based on the particle swarm algorithm is introduced to identify the input parameters of the proposed model by minimizing the difference between measured and predicted absorption coefficients. Comparisons between the model predictions made using the optimized parameters and the measurements are shown in this paper, which demonstrates that the proposed model can predict the acoustic performance of the composites with reasonable input parameters


Sound absorption, Fibrous media, High surface area particles, Composite material, Biot model, Hierarchical porosity, Nano porous


Acoustics and Noise Control

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