2 Background and Motivation This is a model that solves for the Eigenfrequencies and for the acoustic field inside a living room where the sound sources are placed at the loudspeaker location.The model enables the user to get the Eigenfrequencies around 90 Hz and the response at any point in the living room up to 500 Hz.This is useful when optimizing for loudspeaker locations inside the living room.
3 GeometryThe geometry corresponds to a living room with different furniture:ShelfLoudspeaker boxesTVTableAluminum legsTV TableCouchCarpet
4 Absorbing and damping boundaries The living room has many surfaces that are not sound-hard but rather act as absorbers. The couch is for example made of a porous material like, for example, foam covered with tissue or leather.These surfaces can be modeled by means of an impedance boundary condition defined by the normal impedance Zn(f) (Pas/m). The normal impedance is a complex-valued function that is function of the frequency.The normal impedance is related to the reflection coefficient R (complex ratio of reflected to incident pressure) as:The absorption coefficient, , is a real-valued quantity describing the amount of absorbed energy at a surface. It is related to the reflection coefficient as:𝑍 𝑛 =𝜌𝑐 1+𝑅 1−𝑅𝛼=1− |𝑅| 2
5 Absorbing and damping boundaries The surface properties are best described by the reflection coefficient or the surface impedance, as they contain both amplitude and phase information.Absorbing surfaces are often only characterized by their absorption coefficient (f). Because it has no phase information ( is unknown), this impedance is only an approximate description of the acoustic surface properties:arbitrarily setting 0 will result in a real-valued impedance. This is NOT the fully correct description and may result in erroneous results. The importance of the phase decreases with increasing frequency.In the model, the absorption coefficient (f) of the different materials is defined by means of various interpolation functions under Global Definitions and we crudely assume 0.𝑍 𝑛 =𝜌𝑐 1+|𝑅| 1−|𝑅| with 𝑅 = 𝑒 𝑖𝜃 1−𝛼
6 Modeling InterfacesThe “Pressure Acoustics, Frequency Domain“ user interface is used to perform Eigenfrequency and Frequency Domain studies.
7 Modeling InterfacesA “Normal Acceleration“ boundary condition is used to define the sources.
8 Modeling Interfaces“Impedance“ boundary conditions are used to define the different materials.
9 Modeling InterfacesThe reflection coefficients and the normal impedances are calculated according to these expressions:
10 Modeling InterfacesThe absorption coefficients of the materials are defined by means of interpolation functions which contain the alpha of each material vs. Frequency from 125 Hz to 4000 kHz.
11 Modeling InterfacesA “Sound Hard Boundary (Wall) “ boundary condition is used for the remaining boundaries.
12 Mesh and Solver Settings In acoustics, the computational mesh must resolve the acoustic wavelength. The requirement is to have at least 5 second order elements per wave length.The maximal mesh size is given by:The mesh size is defined under: Global Definitions > Parametersℎ 𝑚𝑎𝑥 = 𝜆 5 = 𝑐 5𝑓
14 Mesh and Solver Settings For large acoustic models it is efficient using an iterative solver with the geometric multigrid pre-conditioner.Decrease the relative tolerance (also lower than shown here) to get a more converged solution. This is important for higher frequencies with many standing modes.