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J Acoust Soc Am. 2000 Mar;107(3):1405-12.

The adaptive beam-tracing algorithm

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School of Acoustics and Electronic Engineering, University of Salford, United Kingdom.


The most popular models to predict sound propagation in architectural spaces involve the tracing of rays, images, or beams. Most current beam-tracing methods use conical or triangular beams that may produce overlaps and holes in the predicted sound field. Hence a new method has been developed whereby the shape of reflected beams is governed by the shape of reflecting surfaces so as to produce a geometrically perfect description of the sound propagation for halls with occluding surfaces. The method also facilitates the calculation of diffuse sound propagation by managing the energy transfer from a specular model to a diffuse model. This adaptive beam-tracing method compares well with other methods in terms of speed and accuracy.


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