Synergies between the high-frequency Boundary Element Method and Geometric Acoustics

Hargreaves, JA ORCID: 2020, Synergies between the high-frequency Boundary Element Method and Geometric Acoustics , in: Forum Acusticum, 7th - 11th Dec 2020, Online.

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The audible frequency range covers many octaves in which the wavelength changes from being large with respect to dominant features of a space to being comparatively much smaller. This makes numerical prediction of a space’s acoustic response, e.g. for auralisation, extremely challenging if all frequencies are to be represented accurately. Different classes of algorithm give the best balance of accuracy to computational cost in different frequency bands. At low frequencies, wave effects such as diffraction and interference are essential, but methods modelling the underlying PDEs directly have computational cost that scales with problem size and frequency, rendering them inefficient or intractable at high frequencies. At high frequencies, geometric ray descriptions are more efficient, but the accuracy they can achieve is limited by how well the geometric assumption represents sound propagation in a given scenario; this comprises accuracy at low frequencies in particular. It is therefore often necessary to operate two algorithms in parallel handling different bandwidths but, combining their output data can be an awkward process due to their differing formulations. This is particularly important for early reflections, which give crucial spatial perceptual cues – for late time the wave field becomes chaotic at high frequencies and the benefits are less clear. There is therefore a need for a unified full audible bandwidth algorithm for early reflections.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of e-Forum Acusticum 2020
Publisher: HAL
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Depositing User: Dr Jonathan Hargreaves
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 15:12
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 06:50

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