Thermoacoustics in Air: Sound Generated by Thermal Means in a Gas-Filled Cylindrical Resonator

date September 17, 1985
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Tuesday, September 17, 1985 3:30 p.m.

Wayne M. Wright
Department of Physics
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Thermally generated sound may be significantly enhanced by producing it in an enclosure which has a normal mode at the frequency of interest. A small gas-filled cylindrical container and a line thermal source are used to study the frequency response and efficiency of coupling energy into the acoustic field for axisymmetric modes . An alternating current in a thin , straight wire parallel with the container axis serves as the source of the acoustic waves . A similar system of current technological interest is the resonant optoacoustic spectrometer , for which a modulated laser beam serves as the thermal line source.