Slow-wave metamaterial open panels for efficient reduction of low-frequency sound transmission

Jieun Yang, Joong Seok Lee (Corresponding author), Hyeong Rae Lee, Yeon June Kang, Yoon Young Kim

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Sound transmission reduction is typically governed by the mass law, requiring thicker panels to handle lower frequencies. When open holes must be inserted in panels for heat transfer, ventilation, or other purposes, the efficient reduction of sound transmission through holey panels becomes difficult, especially in the low-frequency ranges. Here, we propose slow-wave metamaterial open panels that can dramatically lower the working frequencies of sound transmission loss. Global resonances originating from slow waves realized by multiply inserted, elaborately designed subwavelength rigid partitions between two thin holey plates contribute to sound transmission reductions at lower frequencies. Owing to the dispersive characteristics of the present metamaterial panels, local resonances that trap sound in the partitions also occur at higher frequencies, exhibiting negative effective bulk moduli and zero effective velocities. As a result, low-frequency broadened sound transmission reduction is realized efficiently in the present metamaterial panels. The theoretical model of the proposed metamaterial open panels is derived using an effective medium approach and verified by numerical and experimental investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number091901
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


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