The PAC-MAN model: Benchmark case for linear acoustics in computtaional physics

Harald Ziegelwanger, Paul Reiter

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Benchmark cases in the field of computational physics, on the one hand, have to contain a certain complexity to test numerical edge cases and, on the other hand, require the existence of an analytical solution, because an analytical solution allows the exact quantification of the accuracy of a numerical simulation method. This dilemma causes a need for analytical sound field formulations of complex acoustic problems. A well known example for such a benchmark case for harmonic linear acoustics is the "Cat´s Eye model", which describes the three-dimensional sound field radiated from a sphere with a missing octant analytically. In this paper, a benchmark case for two-dimensional (2D) harmonic linear acoustic problems, viz., the "PAC-MAN model", is proposed. The PAC-MAN model describes the radiated and scattered sound field around an infinitely long cylinder with a cut out sector of variable angular width. While the analytical calculation of the 2D sound field allows different angular cut-out widths and arbitrarily positioned line sources, the computational cost associated with the solution of this problem is similar to a 1D problem because of a modal formulation of the sound field in the PAC-MAN model.
Seiten (von - bis)152-171
FachzeitschriftJournal of Computational Physics
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2017

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  • Computational acoustics Benchmarks Harmonic linear acoustics Mode coupling Sound radiation Sound scattering


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