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Large Eddy Simulation of acoustic pulse propagation and turbulent flow interaction in expansion mufflers

Singh, Nishant K.; Rubini, Philip


Nishant K. Singh


A novel hybrid pressure-based compressible solver is developed and validated for low Mach number acoustic flow simulation. The solver is applied to the propagation of an acoustic pulse in a simple expansion muffler, a configuration frequently employed in HVAC and automotive exhaust systems. A set of benchmark results for experimental analysis of the simple expansion muffler both with and without flow are obtained to compare attenuation in forced pulsation for various mean-flow velocities. The experimental results are then used for validation of the proposed pressure-based compressible solver. Compressible, Unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) simulation of a muffler with a mean through flow is conducted and results are presented to demonstrate inherent limitations associated with this approach. Consequently, a mixed synthetic inflow boundary condition is developed and validated for compressible Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of channel flow. The mixed synthetic boundary is then employed for LES of a simple expansion muffler to analyse the flow-acoustic and acoustic-pulse interactions inside the expansion muffler. The improvement in the prediction of vortex shedding inside the chamber is highlighted in comparison to the URANS method. Further, the effect of forced pulsation on flow-acoustic is observed in regard to the shift in Strouhal number inside the simple expansion muffler.


Singh, N. K., & Rubini, P. (2015). Large Eddy Simulation of acoustic pulse propagation and turbulent flow interaction in expansion mufflers. Applied acoustics. Acoustique appliqué. Angewandte Akustik, 98(November), 6-19.

Acceptance Date Apr 21, 2015
Online Publication Date May 16, 2015
Publication Date 2015-11
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 21, 2015
Journal Applied acoustics
Print ISSN 0003-682X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 98
Issue November
Pages 6-19
Keywords Low Mach number flow; Noise attenuation; Synthetic turbulence; Compressible Navier-Stokes; URANS; LES
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Applied acoustics, 2015, v.98, November at


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