Surface impedance design with ground corrugation for mitigation of large-calibre gun blast noise

Mei Song Tong, Weng Cho Chew, Michael J. White

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The surface impedance design approach is proposed for mitigating large-calibre gun blast noise. Surrounding the blast noise, we employ a group of concentric trenches with critical depths to dampen the propagation of the acoustic wave. These trenches behave like quarter-wavelength resonators and produce acoustic soft surfaces at their openings. The sound pressure is then mitigated over these soft surfaces by destructive interference and the wave attenuates rapidly along the ground surface. To evaluate the overall acoustic performance of such a design, we develop an efficient numerical solver by treating the geometry as a body of revolution (BOR). The symmetry of the structure in the revolution direction allows the 3D boundary integral equation (BIE) for acoustic wave scattering to be reduced to a 2D integral equation by the use of Fourier series expansions. Numerical experiments show that this model can effectively suppress the acoustic wave propagation horizontally and the reduction can reach about 15 dB for large-calibre gun noise with very low-frequency components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-477
Number of pages17
JournalWaves in Random and Complex Media
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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