A Numerical Comparison Between the Multiple-Scales and Finite-Element Solution for Sound Propagation in Lined Flow Ducts
An explicit, analytical, multiple-scales solution for modal sound transmission through slowly varying ducts with mean flow and acoustic lining is tested against a numerical finite-element solution solving the same potential flow equations. The test geometry taken is representative of a high-bypass turbofan aircraft engine, with typical Mach numbers of 0.5-0.7, circumferential mode numbers m of 10-40, dimensionless wavenumbers of 10-50, and both hard and acoustically treated inlet walls of impedance Z = 2 - i. Of special interest is the presence of the spinner, which incorporates a geometrical complexity which could previously only be handled by fully numerical solutions. The results for predicted power attenuation loss show in general a very good agreement. The results for iso-pressure contour plots compare quite well in the cases where scattering into many higher radial modes can occur easily (high frequency, low angular mode), and again a very good agreement in the other cases.
S. W. Rienstra and W. Eversman, "A Numerical Comparison Between the Multiple-Scales and Finite-Element Solution for Sound Propagation in Lined Flow Ducts," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, Jan 2001.
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