Near-field tangential particle velocities: Piston radiator vs. QRD phased linear array

Toby Gifford, Malcolm Duffield, Joe Hayes

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    Loudspeakers in cars are constrained in size and placement. As such, near-field and mid-field sound properties are of interest. The near-field of a circular piston in an infinite baffle is well studied, and often used as an approximate model for a loudspeaker. Whilst a piston's SPL directivity pattern is well understood, its polar pattern of particle velocity direction has received less attention. We calculate the radial and tangential components of the piston model's particle velocity field, and find that tangential velocity dominates at particular angles for a given piston frequency. These polar positions relate to the 'dips' in the SPL directivity pattern. Contrasting these results with the sound-field of a linear array of spherical sound sources having phase delays determined by a QRD sequence, we find the QRD array yields greater uniformity in both SPL directivity and particle velocity direction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAES 2017 International Conference on Automotive Audio
    Subtitle of host publication2017 AES International Conference on Automotive Audio
    Place of PublicationCA, United States
    PublisherAudio Engineering Society
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2017
    EventAES International Conference on Automotive Audio 2017 - Burlingame, United States of America
    Duration: 8 Sept 201710 Sept 2017


    ConferenceAES International Conference on Automotive Audio 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America


    • acoustics
    • quadratic residue diffuser
    • particle velocity

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