Rectangular silencers with splitters (baffles) are the basis for many applications related to soundproofing when it is desired to limit the propagation of noise through openings with a circulating fluid. In many common cases (e.g. air conditioning networks, ventilation of equipment premises or of other rooms, ventilation systems for enclosures), splitters are most of the time continuous, i.e. with a height equal to that of the duct in which they are inserted, which facilitates their attachment. In other cases where the acoustic and aerodynamic performance outside the norm are sought (e.g. air intake or exhaust silencers for gas turbines), use of discontinuous splitters can be considered e.g. where the consideration of continuous spitters does not allow obtaining the insertion loss required for both low frequency and high frequency.
ITS has integrated the sizing of silencers made of discontinued splitters (baffles) to the simulation software SILDIS® (cf. acoustics simulation software).
Calculation routines have been implemented to calculate the insertion loss accounting the self noise of such equipments that characterizes their acoustic performance, and to calculate the total pressure loss (sometimes called pressure drop) that characterizes their aerodynamic performance.
Following the modification operationsof the software SILDIS®, the comparison of simulation results with bibliographic data (results of measurements, results of calculations by others ...) has shown a satisfactory agreement for numerous combinations of geometrical parameters defining the silencers and for various fluid speeds.
The expected result of improvements to the software SILDIS® is an enrichment of the range of industrial silencers of which design is very demanding given the considered flow rates and given the expected performance in terms of aerodynamics often antagonist with the requested acoustic performance in the context of protection of workers, and/or of preservation of environment (thus especially in the energy production sector).