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Laboratory test and acoustic analysis of cabin treatment for propfan test assessment aircraftAn aircraft cabin acoustic enclosure, built in support of the Propfan Test Assessment (PTA) program, is described. Helmholtz resonators were attached to the cabin trim panels to increase the sidewall transmission loss (TL). Resonators (448) were located between the trim panels and fuselage shell. In addition, 152 resonators were placed between the enclosure and aircraft floors. The 600 resonators were each tuned to a 235 Hz resonance frequency. After flight testing on the PTA aircraft, the enclosure was tested in the Kelly Johnson R and D Center Acoustics Lab. Laboratory noise reduction (NR) test results are discussed. The enclosure was placed in a Gulfstream 2 fuselage section. Broadband (138 dB overall SPL) and tonal (149 dB overall SPL) excitations were used in the lab. Tonal excitation simulated the propfan flight test excitation. The fundamental tone was stepped in 2 Hz intervals from 225 through 245 Hz. The resonators increase the NR of the cabin walls around the resonance frequency of the resonator array. The effects of flanking, sidewall absorption, cabin adsorption, resonator loading of trim panels, and panel vibrations are presented. Increases in NR of up to 11 dB were measured.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Kuntz, H. L. (Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. Burbank, CA, United States)
Gatineau, R. J. (Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. Burbank, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1991
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:182075
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 535-03-11-04
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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