Compressibility of air in fibrous materials

Viggo Tarnow

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The dynamic compressibility of air in fibrous materials has been computed for two assumed configurations of fibers which are close to the geometry of real fiber materials. Models with parallel cylinders placed in a regular square lattice and placed randomly are treated. For these models the compressibility is computed approximately from the diameter and mean distances between cylinders. This requires calculation of the air temperature, which is calculated for cylinders in a regular lattive by the Wigner-Seitz cell approximation. In the case of random placement, the calculation is done by a summation over thermal waves from all fibers, and by a self-consistent procedure. Figuren of the compressibility in the frequency range 10-100 000 Hz, are given for diameter of the cylinders of 6.8 µm, and mean distances between them from 50 to 110 µm, which corresponds to glass wool with a density of 40 to 16 kg/m3. When the theoretical values for random placement were compared with measurements, it turned out that the random model could not describe the experimental data. However, they could be described accurately by assuming that the fibers have a tendency to form pairs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcoustical Society of America. Journal
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)3010-3017
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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