On the use of aerogel as a soft acoustic metamaterial for airborne sound

28 Sep 2015  ·  Guild Matthew D., García-Chocano Victor M., Sánchez-Dehesa José, Martin Theodore P., Calvo David C., Orris Gregory J. ·

Soft acoustic metamaterials utilizing mesoporous structures have recently been proposed as a novel means for tuning the overall effective properties of the metamaterial and providing better coupling to the surrounding air. In this work, the use of silica aerogel is examined theoretically and experimentally as part of a compact soft acoustic metamaterial structure, which enables a wide range of exotic effective macroscopic properties to be demonstrated, including negative density, density-near-zero and non-resonant broadband slow sound propagation... Experimental data is obtained on the effective density and sound speed using an air-filled acoustic impedance tube for flexural metamaterial elements, which have previously only been investigated indirectly due to the large contrast in acoustic impedance compared to that of air. Experimental results are presented for silica aerogel arranged in parallel with either 1 or 2 acoustic ports, and are in very good agreement with the theoretical model. read more

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