A note on the calibration of pressure-velocity sound intensity probes

Finn Jacobsen, Virginie Jaud

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A pressure-velocity sound intensity probe is a device that combines a pressure microphone with a particle velocity transducer. Various methods of calibrating such sound intensity probes are examined: a far field method that requires an anechoic room, a near field method that involves sound emitted from a small hole in a plane baffle, a near field method where the sound is emitted from a hole in a spherical baffle, and a method that involves an impedance tube. The performance of the two near field methods is examined both in an anechoic room and in various ordinary rooms. It is shown that whereas reflections from the edges from a plane baffle disturb the calibration, the method based on a spherical baffle gives acceptable results in a wide frequency range even when the calibration is carried out in a small office, provided that the distance between the hole and the device under test is about 5 cm.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcoustical Society of America. Journal
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)830-837
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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  • particle velocity
  • Sound intensity


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