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Volume 27, Issue 6, November 1955
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The assumptions underlying the exact equations of motion for a thermoviscous fluid are reviewed and the complete equations are given, for reference convenience, in both tensor and vector form. The first‐ and second‐order acoustic equations are then exhibited and used to obtain the source terms that account for the generation of vorticity and streaming. In order to preserve a broad base from which to make the approximations appropriate under various circumstances, all terms are retained explicitly including those arising from any functional dependence of the viscosity and thermal coefficients on the state variables.
The distinction between spatial and material coordinate systems is carefully drawn and conversion transforms are derived rigorously and their use illustrated. The general properties of finite‐amplitude waves are demonstrated by including the second‐order terms in a plane‐wave solution of the exact wave equation in material coordinates, with special concern for the effects of large amplitude on speed of propagation and on wave‐form distortion.
Sound absorption and dispersion measures for a viscous conducting fluid are analyzed in terms of Truesdell's recent exact solution of the first‐order secular equation. These differ characteristically from the corresponding measures predicted for pure relaxation in a two‐fluid mixture. It is concluded that a complete and adequate theory of sound absorption and dispersion will need to take into account both relaxation and viscothermal phenomena as well as their interaction, and that until such a general theory is available, the exact theory of viscothermal effects—rather than the crude linear approximation commonly, but inappropriately, called “classical”—should be used in computing the “excess” absorption and dispersion to be accounted for by relaxation processes.
The exact solutions of the secular equation permit a new evaluation, in series form, of the characteristic acoustic impedance for a thermoviscous medium. The notes conclude with a revised account of the spectral character of thermal noise in the acoustic medium based on the quantum hypothesis and a merger of the concepts of architectural acoustics and specific‐heat theory.
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The attenuation resulting from heat conduction of the quasi‐plane mode in a cylindrical conduit is discussed in the high‐frequency (narrow boundary layer) limit. The heat conduction part of the Kirchhoff losses is derived by means of a volume integral whose physical interpretation can be given.
Preliminary to considering the Kirchhoff case, the heat conductionattenuation of a plane wave is computed to illustrate the use of the integral form.
Finite thermal conductivity of the walls, as it gives rise to attenuation in guided propagation, is also discussed.
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The reflection and transmission of sound by a moving medium are investigated theoretically and the reflection and transmission coefficients are determined. These coefficients are found to depend only upon that component of the velocity of the medium which lies in the plane of incidence. The reflection coefficient increases with the velocity of the moving medium until a velocity is reached at which total reflection occurs. Total reflection persists until a still higher velocity is reached above which the reflection coefficient decreases as the velocity increases.
Structure and Velocity of the Periodic Vortex‐Ring Flow Pattern of a Primary Pfeifenton (Pipe Tone) Jet27(1955); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1908112View Description Hide Description
Visualization of the vortexflow pattern in typical primary Pfeifenton jets was made by means of shadow‐graph techniques to show the transition in form of the vortex pattern as it moves downstream in the jet, as well as, the dependence of the downstream translational vortex velocity and the geometry of the vortex pattern on the Reynolds number of the jet.
Results of experiment are compared with available theory. These studies were carried out with carbon dioxide jets discharging into the atmosphere. The flow channel geometry consisted of a pipe in diameter, 12.013 in. long effectively, open at one end which was inserted into a large stilling tank and terminated at the other end by an orifice plate containing a sharp‐edged circular orifice, 0.250 in. in diameter and 0.093 in. thick.
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The front of a shock wave in an ideal fluid is characterized by a discontinuous transition from the undisturbed state to a highly compressed state in which the entropy of the fluid has increased. The relations between pressure, density, propagation velocity, and particle velocity behind the shock front are represented by the equations for conservation of mass, momentum, and energy and by the equation of state of the fluid. The entropy change produced by the transition is third order in the compression for weak shocks. The propagation of shock waves through metals can be described by a hydrodynamic theory which assumes that the metal is an ideal fluid behind the shock front, and that the hydrostaticequation of state is applicable there. Three hydrostaticequations of state for Al, Cu, Fe, and Pb are compared with experimental data at low pressures and quantum mechanical calculations pressures up to several hundred megabars. With these equations of state the hydrodynamic theory is used to calculate explicitly the entropy increase across the shock front, the amount by which the pressure exceeds the adiabatic pressure for a given compression, and the temperature rise after the shock pressure has been relieved for the metals mentioned above.
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Solutions are given for the lowest natural frequency of flexural vibration of isosceles trapezoidal flat plates which have simply supported edges. The results of the calculations are presented graphically so that one may determine rapidly a desired fundamental frequency. The range of the values of the geometric parameters defining the plate is large enough to cover most practical cases.
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A wavetheoreticalanalysis of symmetric mode propagation in a medium confined by a cylindrical elastic shell is carried out. An expression is obtained for the axial propagation constant, specialized to that case of a thin steel shell surrounding a column of air. This is further restricted to the description of the lowest symmetric mode.
The dispersion predicted by the analysis is in order of magnitude agreement with that obtained on a transmission line picture.
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Results are presented giving values of the phase velocities and the relative magnitudes of the components of displacement for all possible free waves in the wall of a thin, elastic, cylindrical shell. Three classes of waves are identified and their natures are discussed as frequency is varied continuously. The vibrations are interpreted not only as standing waves and waves progressing the axial direction, but also as fully free waves traveling in a helical direction in the wall of the cylinder.
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Reverberation chambers used for acoustical measurements should have completely random sound fields. We denote by R the cross‐correlation coefficient for the sound pressures at two points a distance r apart. , where p 1 is the sound pressure at one point, p 2 that at the other, and the angular brackets denote long time averages. In a random sound field,R = (sinkr)/kr, where k = 2π/(the wavelength of the sound). An instrument for measuring and recording R as a function of time is described. A feature of this instrument is the use of a recorder's servomechanism to measure the ratio of two dc voltages. The results of correlation measurements in reverberant sound fields are given.
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The acoustical properties of carpet are of interest in the design of auditoriums and studios, since the absorption which it contributes may be quite significant. However, little data exist on the acoustical properties of carpet and the scanty data available make no distinction among the various types of carpet. This paper describes measurements of the normal absorption coefficient and flow resistance for a wide variety of carpet samples. The normal absorption data were used to investigate which of many variables in carpet construction are important from the standpoint of acoustical absorption. On the basis of these data, certain key samples were selected for chamber test at the National Bureau of Standards for comparison with the tube measurements.
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Recent studies have led to a satisfactory understanding of the details of acoustical streaming in the vicinity of a cylinder. Similar studies have now been completed for a sphere. In general, the steady flow around a sphere and the characteristic parameters are very much like what has been found for the cylinder. An experimental verification of the theory has been attempted by comparing the observed dc boundary‐layer thickness with that found from the theory. This is summarized in a curve of δdc/δac vs a/δac, where δdc is the dc boundary‐layer thickness, δac is the ac boundary‐layer thickness, and a is the radius of the sphere.
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Acoustical measurements are presented on teaching studios and practice rooms of several music buildings located at four southwestern universities. Data were taken on a wide range of wall construction and recommendations on room response and acoustical isolation between rooms are presented.
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Some 4000 measurements of acoustic pressure obtained from experiments (using 1.3‐millisecond pulses), in which resolution was achieved between direct and echo pulses, are reported. Of the usual causes producing fluctuation, many were either eliminated or corrected for. Transducer oscillations of the linear and rotational types remained, together with attenuation changes due to temperature‐microstructure effects. Two ships were employed, both multianchored to ensure range constancy, work being restricted to conditions of low sea state and to ranges of from 70 to 500 yards. The depths of the projector and the hydrophones were respectively 60 and 45 ft. The area selected was about 50 miles from the mainland of the North Island of New Zealand and here only small streams drain from the coast into the sea. Work was performed in a 130‐foot patch of secluded water between a few steep rocks and islands, the drainage from the latter also being negligible. Fluctuation from signal to signal was small, the largest value of the ratio “maximum pressure to minimum pressure” for the longest experiment (85 minutes) being 1.94 while the variation coefficients for 48 separate pulse sequences relating to a variety of conditions fell in the range 5.0% to 12.4%. No clear correlation was found to exist between fluctuation and range, transducer depth or tidal current, but some correlation existed with sea state. Percentage deviations from the average pressure‐signal value per hydrophone, gave histograms, for any one experiment, which are approximately Gaussian in shape, the largest value of deviation encountered being plus 40%. Histograms constructed from data from selected hydrophones possessing identical spatial irregularities have a modified shape consistent with the conclusion that fluctuation is here entirely due to continuous transducer rotations about the suspension cables.
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A fixed path, variable frequency acoustic interferometer is described that is particularly suited for measuringultrasonic velocities in liquids as a continuous function of temperature and pressure of the medium. The interferometer contains two clamped crystals: one, a low intensity ultrasonicsource; and the other, a fixed, parallel reflector. The frequency of excitation, supplied from a frequency generator, is varied, and cyclic changes in input impedance are detected in an impedance bridge circuit. Crystal resonance is avoided. The interferometer, addition to the usual advantages of a fixed path system over a variable path one, operates at very low power levels; hence, it avoids problems occasioned by high intensity pressure waves. Frequency, the measured variable, is one that can be precisely measured with comparative ease.
The complete equivalent network for either the fixed or variable path interferometer is presented, from which the operation of the fixed path, variable frequency system is derived. The effect of crystal backing impedance is discussed, and the characteristics of the interferometer are shown to be those of a double crystal interferometer having infinite backing impedance.
The velocity of sound in water is measured between 25 and 53°C in the frequency range of 600 to 800 kc. At 25.0°C the measuredvelocity is 1496.8±0.3 meters/second, and the temperature coefficient is +2.7 meters/second °C.
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The acoustical effects achieved and the techniques used in the radiation of organ tone are quite different from the conventional effects and practices of public‐address sound systems. For the latter, point‐source radiation with high uniform directivity and a minimum of reverberation are sought, in general, for the creation of the illusion of “presence” of the original sound source. However in organ music the sound sources and their images are widely distributed in space. This is especially true in those typical cases where the tone sources are enclosed in an organ chamber, or are installed in a highly reverberant environment. Another distinctive feature of organ tone radiation systems is the relative importance of the octave below 60 cps. This paper contains design principles for electronic organ tone chambers and describes several types of organ tone cabinets now in use. Examples of the application of organ installation principles are given.
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The problem of reducing the levels of the minor lobes of linear, rectangular, and circular radiators is considered theoretically. The shading is accomplished by using equiphase normal‐velocity distributions limited to two discrete amplitudes. Relationships are derived for the sound‐intensity directivity pattern and the directivity index of each radiator. An exhaustive study of various directional properties of such radiators is undertaken. This information is presented in terms of the behavior of the major‐lobe width, minor‐lobe levels, and directivity index as functions of (1) the ratio of the two normal‐velocity amplitudes and (2) the fraction of the unit having the higher source amplitude. It is shown that linear and rectangular radiators with such source distributions can be designed so that all minor‐lobe levels are at least 21 decibels lower than the major‐lobe level; the corresponding value for the circular radiator is 28 decibels. The resultant increase in major‐lobe width is approximately twenty percent. The results are presented so as to provide criteria for the effective use of this method in transducer design.
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An electrostatic speaker has been developed which provides a high quality of high‐frequency reproduction not available with electromagnetic tweeters. The diaphragm consists of a thin plastic film bearing an evaporated metallic layer. The membrane is stretched around a semicylindrical perforated electrode on which ridges are embossed to provide clearance. The response varies less than ±2 db in the frequency range between 8 and 16 kc. The azimuthal distribution pattern is excellent, owing to the cylindrical geometry, and is essentially independent of frequency in the same range. The second harmonic distortion inherent in this type of speaker is maintained at a low value. An indication of the quality of high‐frequency reproduction is provided by oscillograms of the response to tone burst signals. The speaker is in quantity production and has been incorporated in several models of home reproduction instruments.
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A probe microphone has been developed suitable for measuringsound fields within such structures as altitude wind tunnels and jet engine test cells. This paper describes the methods of testing and analyzing the instrument. The microphone consists of a inside diameter probe tube with a porous metal tip, a condensermicrophone, and a spiral resistive termination. It operates at sound‐pressure levels up to 170 db with 2% distortion, at ambient pressures down to 0.2 atmosphere, and with probe tip temperatures up to 900°F. The normal incidence response is flat within ±3 db from 10 to 10 000 cps.
An electrical analog of the acoustical system is given as a basis for explaining and predicting the performance of the microphone under varying ambient conditions. It appears that the microphone can be used satisfactorily as a cavity terminated probe microphone for frequencies below the frequency at which the spiral termination ceases to be “anechoic.” The required length of the spiral termination is then determined by the probe‐tube length rather than the lowest frequency of interest.
Testing methods and apparatus are discussed, including a high‐temperature flow resistance apparatus, a low‐pressure test chamber, and a resonant tube device for developing sound pressures up to 175 db with low distortion.
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A mechanical mechanism is presented to explain some of the nonthermal, noncavitation effects of high‐intensity sound on tissue. The theory proposes that the observed effects result from unidirectional forces produced by the acoustic wave, and that these forces cause elastic failure in the system. Some experimental verification is presented from measurements on irradiated frog muscle tissue and on irradiated frog spinal cord.
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Physiological changes are described following exposure of mice to single and intermittent noise stimulation (110 db re 0.0002 dyne/cm2, 10–20 kc) for varying lengths of time. Attention is focused on the degree of adreno‐cortical activation as measured by cytological changes in the adrenal gland and fall in the number of circulating eosinophils. Since the observed changes were transient, of short duration and no evidence of systemic pathology could be detected, the noise was described as not harmful. The tendency of certain investigators to regard noise as an injurious, nonspecific stress stimulus without specifying the exact nature of the noise situation does not seem justified.