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Volume 116, Issue 6, December 2004
- STRUCTURAL ACOUSTICS AND VIBRATION 
116(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1819377View Description Hide Description
Acoustical enclosures are the common arrangements in reducing airborne noise from shipboard machinery such as engines and generators. In this paper the theoreticalmodels, established based on statistical energy analysis, are presented for predicting the insertion loss of acoustical enclosures in different frequency ranges. In addition to the consideration of resonant modal coupling between internal sound field and enclosure structural vibration, the nonresonant transmission though and the interaction between enclosure walls in the models are also included. It is shown that the insertion loss of enclosures is mainly controlled by the nonresonant modes in the intermediate frequency range. At high frequencies, the insertion loss of enclosures can be improved by increasing the sound absorption at the internal boundaries of enclosures. Experiments were carried out on two enclosures made of different materials. The measured results are compared with the predicted values and the good agreement between them is the initial demonstration of the validity and feasibility of the theoreticalmodels.