Scattering from objects and surfaces in room acoustical simulations

Gerd Høy Marbjerg, Jonas Brunskog, Cheol-Ho Jeong, Erling Nilsson

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Abstract

In room acoustical simulations, scattering objects are often modeled as impenetrable boxes with high scattering coefficients assigned to the surfaces. In some cases, a cluster of objects is modeled as a virtual impenetrable box, such that no sound propagation can take place between the objects. Thus, the scattering only takes place on the boundary surfaces of the box and the acoustic volume of the room is reduced. Another challenge with representing scattering objects by reflecting surfaces is that it increases the number of surfaces, which greatly increases the calculation complexity for methods such as the image source method. In this paper a modeling method where the scattering from objects takes place in certain parts of the room volume is proposed. In this method, sound can still travel through scattering objects, but be partly scattered. This volume scattering method has at present been implemented in the simulation tool PARISM (Phased Acoustical Radiosity and Image Source Method). Scattering from objects and surfaces is likely to be strongly frequency dependent and the frequency dependence can depend on their sizes, shapes and structure. The importance of the frequency dependence is investigated and discussed through simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering
EditorsWolfgang Kropp
PublisherGerman Acoustical Society (DEGA)
Publication date2016
Pages1059-1070
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-939296-11-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2016 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 21 Aug 201624 Aug 2016
Conference number: 45
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Conference

Conference45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2016
Number45
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period21/08/201624/08/2016
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Keywords

  • Sound scattering
  • Geometrical acoustics

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