A framework for auralization of boundary element method simulations including source and receiver directivity

Hargreaves, JA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4736-7507, Rendell, LR and Lam, YW 2019, 'A framework for auralization of boundary element method simulations including source and receiver directivity' , The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145 (4) , pp. 2625-2637.

PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (3MB) | Preview
[img] PDF - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (3MB)


The Boundary Element Method (BEM) is a proven numerical prediction tool for computation of room acoustic transfer functions, as are required for auralization of a virtual space. In this paper it is validated against case studies drawn from the ‘Ground Truth for Room Acoustical Simulation’ database within a framework that includes source and receiver directivity. These aspects are often neglected but are respectively important to include for auralization applications because source directivity is known to affect how a room is excited and because the human auditory system is sensitive to directional cues. The framework uses weighted-sums of spherical harmonic functions to represent both the source directivity to be simulated and the pressure field predicted in the vicinity of the receiver location, the coefficients of the former being fitted to measured directivity and those of the latter computed directly from the boundary data by evaluating a boundary integral. Three validation cases are presented, one of which includes a binaural receiver. The computed results match measurements closely for the two cases conducted in anechoic conditions but show some significant differences for the third room scenario; here it is likely that uncertainty in boundary material data limited modelling accuracy.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Publisher: AIP Publishing
ISSN: 0001-4966
Related URLs:
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 11:53
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 00:36
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/49824

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year