Guochenhao Song, Zhuang Mo, Tongyang Shi and J. Stuart Bolton, “Experimental study of granular activated carbon stacks’ level- and time-dependent behavior,” paper presented at the Symposium on the Acoustics of Poro-Elastic Materials, SAPEM ’23, Sorrento, Italy, and Changshu, China, 7-10 November, 2023.


Granular materials, such as activated carbon, have shown advantages in absorbing low-frequency sounds, but they also exhibit significant nonlinearities. In this article, three unique types of granular particle stacks' acoustical behavior are described and experimentally analyzed. First, when measuring the sound absorption spectra of particle stacks with varying depths and sample holder sizes, it was found that the frictional interaction with the tube circumferential wall can significantly affect the measurements, and a 1-D plane-wave model is only valid when the sample is thin. Secondly, when granular samples were tested with increasing excitation levels, the results indicated a decreased modulus and an increased damping. By further varying excitation level and bandwidth, a displacement- related metric was identified to describe this behavior. Thirdly, when measuring particle stacks over a longer period, the stack's resonance peak gradually shifts to a higher frequency as the sample consolidates. This shift in frequency was proportional to log(Time).


Activated carbon, Acoustics, Level dependent, Time dependent, Edge constraint effect, Granular stacks


Acoustics and Noise Control

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