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Application of Acoustic Radiation Modes in the Directivity Control by a Spherical Loudspeaker Array

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This work concerns the theoretical analysis and synthesis of sound fields by a compact spherical loudspeaker array. Such an electroacoustic device consists of several transducers mounted on a sphere-like structure, which are driven independently in order to achieve non-uniform directivity patterns. The control strategy usually adopted is to provide the array with some preprogrammed basic directivities corresponding to spherical harmonic functions. Thus, an arbitrary radiation pattern can be approximately achieved by changing the gains associated with these basic directivities. Here, a different approach based on the acoustic radiation modes of the array is proposed. Unlike spherical harmonics, radiation modes constitute a finite set of vectors that spans a subspace on which any radiation pattern the array is able to reproduce can be projected. Furthermore, radiation modes radiate sound energy independently. Since the eigenvalue analysis that must be carried out in order to obtain the modes leads also to their radiation efficiencies, the low frequency constraint in the directivity synthesis by a spherical array is naturally evaluated. Finally, it is useless to drive inefficient radiation modes. Therefore, the radiation mode approach leads to a reduced number of active channels, and to minimum source voltages for a given target directivity pattern.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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