Microstructure, transport, and acoustic properties of open-cell foam samples

Abstract : This article explores the applicability of numerical homogenization techniques for analyzing transport properties in real foam samples mostly open-cell, to understand long-wavelength acoustics of rigid-frame air-saturated porous media, on the basis of microstructural parameters. Experimental characterization of porosity and permeability of real foam samples are used to provide the scaling of a polyhedral unit-cell. The Stokes, Laplace, and diffusioncontrolled reaction equations are numerically solved in such media by a finite element method in three-dimensions; an estimation of the materials' transport parameters is derived from these solution fields. The frequency-dependent visco-inertial and thermal response functions governing the long-wavelength acoustic wave propagation in rigid-frame porous materials are then determined from generic approximate but robust models and compared to standing wave tube measurements. With no adjustable constant, the predicted quantities were found to be in acceptable agreement with multi-scale experimental data, and further analyzed in light of scanning electron micrograph observations and critical path considerations.
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Camille Perrot, Guy Bonnet, M. T. Hoang, F. Chevillotte, F.-X. Bécot, et al.. Microstructure, transport, and acoustic properties of open-cell foam samples. The 18th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV 18), Jul 2011, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Paper # 2019 - R36 (Physical Acoustics). ⟨hal-00732572⟩

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