Accession Number : AD0710291

Title :   ABSORPTION OF SOUND IN AIR.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 23 Jun 69-22 Jun 70,

Corporate Author : WYLE LABS INC HUNTSVILLE ALA RESEARCH STAFF

Personal Author(s) : Evans,L. B. ; Sutherland,L. C.

Report Date : JUL 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : Experimental measurements of the absorption of sound in still air exhibit a distinct deviation from the theoretical predictions based on known classical and molecular relaxation absorption losses. Investigation of published laboratory data has verified that Kneser's theory for molecular relaxation accurately describes the absorption loss near and above the relaxation frequency. At frequencies less than about 0.1 of the relaxation frequency, a different mechanism becomes predominant and results in an absorption loss component which varies directly with the fequency and is essentially independent of humidity. The objective of the effort in this contract was to carry out a detailed experimental and analytical investigation of this anomaly to allow numerical calculations to be made of air absorption for a variety of atmospheric conditions in still air. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ATMOSPHERES, *SOUND TRANSMISSION), ATTENUATION, TEMPERATURE, PRESSURE, DIFFUSION, VIBRATION, HUMIDITY, WATER VAPOR, NITROGEN, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION, THERMAL RADIATION, MOLECULAR PROPERTIES, ABSORPTION

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Acoustics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE