In-situ impedance and absorption coefficient measurements using a double-layer microphone array

Jørgen Hald*, Wookeun Song, Karim Haddad, Cheol-Ho Jeong, Antoine Philippe André Richard

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    Acoustic impedance is typically measured using an impedance tube, which requires a material sample physically fitted to the tube. However, the impedance can vary greatly between the material mounted in the tube and the material located in a real environment, where the mounting conditions are likely to be different. Also, oblique incidence cannot be measured in an impedance tube. In this paper, we investigate the use of a double-layer microphone array for in-situ measurement of surface impedance and absorption coefficient. With the array positioned near the material surface, a source emits broad-band sound towards the array and the material. A measurement is taken, and the sound pressure and the surface-normal particle velocity at the material surface are calculated using Statistically Optimized Near-field Acoustical Holography (SONAH). From the surface pressure and velocity, the impedance across a selected area is calculated, and finally the absorption coefficient is calculated from the impedance. A set of tests has been performed on porous material samples in an anechoic chamber as well as in a fitted room. Different sample sizes and different sound incidence angles have been considered. The results show consistency between the measurements in the anechoic room and the ordinary room as well as good agreement with Miki's model up to large oblique incidence angles.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalApplied Acoustics
    Pages (from-to)74-83
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Absorption coefficient measurements
    • Microphone arrays
    • Near-field acoustical holography
    • Nearfield Acoustic Holography
    • Particle velocities
    • Surface impedances
    • Acoustic impedance


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