In this article, an inversion-based feedforward control approach to achieve broadband active-noise control is investigated. Broadband active-noise control is needed in many areas, from heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts to aircraft cabins. Achieving broadband active-noise control, however, is very challenging due to issues such as the complexity of acoustic dynamics (which has no natural roll-off at high frequency, and is often nonminimum phase), the wide frequency spectrum of the acoustic noise, and the critical requirement to overcome the delay of the control input relative to the noise signal. These issues have limited the success of existing feedforward control techniques to the low-frequency range of [0,1]kHz. The modeling issues in capturing the complex acoustic dynamics coupled with its nonminimum-phase characteristic also prevent the use of high-gain feedback methods, making the design of an effective controller to combat broadband noises challenging. In this article, we explore, through experiments, the potential of inversion-based feedforward control approach for noise control over the 1kHz low-frequency range limit. Then we account for the effect of modeling errors on the feedforward input by a recently developed inversion-based iterative control technique. Experimental results presented show that noise reduction of over 1015dB can be achieved in a broad frequency range of 5kHz by using the inversion-based feedforward control technique.

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