Noise generated by ventilated supercavities

Grant M. Skidmore, Timothy A. Brungart, Jules W. Lindau, Michael J. Moeny

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The noise generated by ventilated supercavities has been explored experimentally in a water tunnel facility. The most prominent acoustical characteristic is the monopole behavior exhibited by a ventilated supercavity in its pulsating closure regime. The interior cavity pressure and near-field radiated sound are monotonic with a frequency that is related to the speed and length of waves propagating on the supercavity gas/water interface. The cavity interior pressure spectrum level is shown to be related to the near-field and far-field noise spectrum level through spherical spreading of the sound waves from the supercavity interface. As a result, the cavity interior pressure can be used as a measure of the radiated noise. The noise radiated by a pulsating supercavity at the pulsation frequency is at least 40 dB above that radiated by comparable re-entrant jet and twin vortex cavities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-101
Number of pages8
JournalNoise Control Engineering Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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