Nonlinear Acoustic Metamaterials for Sound Attenuation Applications
CALIFORNIA INST OF TECH PASADENA DIV OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
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We design and test nonlinear acoustic materials for amplitude dependent filtering of audible signals. We study the dynamic response of one-dimensional arrays of elastic particles in contact with each other, supported by deformable elastic rods, using experiments and numerical simulations. We study the effects of different curvatures of the support rods on the transmission of impacts and structural vibrations. We find that the combination of a nonlinear granular medium with linear support rods allows obtaining tunable filtering of the incoming signal, and selecting desired ranges of the transmitted frequency and amplitude. We conclude our study building a 3D prototype of the new filtering material using a 3D printer.