Volume 126, Issue 4, October 2009
Index of content:
- NONLINEAR ACOUSTICS 
126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3203936View Description Hide Description
This paper deals with modeling of nonlinear plane acoustic waves propagating through an elastic tube filled with thermoviscous gas. A description of the interactions between gas and an elastic tube wall is carried out by the continuity equation of a wall velocity. Simplification on the basis of the local reaction assumption enables to model an acoustic treatment on the tube wall by using a wall impedance. Because there are considerable losses due to wall friction, the influences of the acoustic boundary layer were also considered. Using certain assumptions a special form of the Burgers equation was derived which enables to describe the propagation of nonlinear waves in the elastic tube. This modelequation takes into account nonlinear, dissipative, and dispersion effects which compete each other. Characteristic lengths of the supposed effects and numerical results with respect to the source frequency were used for a qualitative analysis of the modelequation. Applicability of this modelequation was demonstrated by series of measurements. By application of the long-wave approximation the Korteweg–de Vries–Burgers and Kuramoto–Sivashinsky equations were derived from the modified Burgers equation.
126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3203916View Description Hide Description
The effect of nonlinear propagation distortion on helicopter rotor noise is presented based on measured data for low-speed descent and numerical calculations that predict the noise level away from the helicopter with and without nonlinear effects. It is shown that for some frequency bands the difference between linear and nonlinear calculations can be as high as 7 dB. Blade vortex interaction (BVI) noise, the dominant noise contributor during descent, is mainly examined. It is shown that advancing side BVI noise is affected by nonlinear distortion, while retreating side BVI noise is not. Based on signal characteristics at source, two quantities are derived. The first quantity (termed polarity) is based on the pressure gradient of the source signal and can be used to determine whether a BVI signal will evolve as an advancing or a retreating side signal. The second quantity (termed weighted rise time) is a measure of the impulsiveness of the BVI signal and can be used to determine at which frequency nonlinear effects start to appear. Finally, polarity and weighted rise time are shown to be applicable in cases of BVI noise generated from different blade tips, as well as in cases of non-BVI noise.