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Active diffusers: some prototypes and 2D measurements

Xiao, L, Cox, TJ and Avis, MR 2005, 'Active diffusers: some prototypes and 2D measurements' , Journal of Sound and Vibration, 285 (1-2) , pp. 321-339.

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    Diffusing devices are used to improve room acoustics in a wide variety of applications. The dispersion generated by current diffuser technologies is often limited to mid-to-high frequencies because low-frequency diffusers are usually too large to be easily accommodated. To extend the bandwidth of diffusers to a lower frequency a new approach is proposed, that is to use active control technology. In particular, active impedance techniques have been exploited to create non-absorbing diffusers, and hybrid structures that partly absorb while dispersing any reflected sound. This paper presents results mostly from a feedforward structure. It is found that achieving active dispersion without absorption other a worthwhile bandwidth can be more difficult than achieving active absorption due to the more complex target impedance that the controller needs to learn. Measurements on polar responses provide evidence that the active diffusers can achieve wider bandwidth dispersion. Boundary element modelling has enabled the design of these structures to be examined in more application-realistic set-ups.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics > QC221-246 Acoustics - Sound
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sound and Vibration
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1095-8568
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2007 11:44
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:47

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