Kabral, R., Du, L., Åbom, M., and Knutsson, M., "A Compact Silencer for the Control of Compressor Noise," SAE Int. J. Engines 7(3):1572-1578, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-2060.
Current trends for IC-engines are driving the development of more efficient engines with higher specific power. This is true for both light and heavy duty vehicles and has led to an increased use of super-charging. The super-charging can be both in the form of a single or multi-stage turbo-charger driven by exhaust gases, or via a directly driven compressor. In both cases a possible noise problem can be a strong Blade Passing Frequency (BPF) typically in the kHz range and above the plane wave range.In this paper a novel type of compact dissipative silencer developed especially to handle this type of problem is described and optimized. The silencer is based on a combination of a micro-perforated (MPP) tube backed by a locally reacting cavity. The combined impedance of micro-perforate and cavity is chosen to match the theoretical optimum known as the Cremer impedance at the mid-frequency in the frequency range of interest. Due to the high damping achieved at the Cremer optimum (hundreds of dB/m) it is easy to create a compact silencer with a significant damping (say > 30 dB) in a range larger than an octave. Both simulations and experimental tests of the novel silencer are presented based on a light duty vehicle application.