Acoustic Performance Modelling

A critical feature of many design processes is the ability to simulate the problems before undertaking the more costly stage of prototype fabrication. One of the principal modelling tools used within Precision Acoustics is a comprehensive finite difference simulation.

It is capable of predicting the simulation full acoustic wave simulation through both solid and fluid media. This means that the propagation of longitudinal, shear, Love, Lamb, Rayleigh and Stoneley wave can all be simulated. Simulations can either be conducted in 2D Cartesian or 3D axi-symmetric cylindrical co-ordinates with either lossless and/or simple lossy materials.

Case Study 1: Needle Hydrophones Frequency Response

Application of the numerical model has been critical in the improvement of the frequency response of the Precision Acoustic needle hydrophone range. Historically, needle hydrophones had a very non-uniform frequency response at lower frequencies. A typical needle geometry was simulated and the radial interactions of waves diffracted from the edges of the needle tip could clearly be seen. The geometry of the needle hydrophone tip was then modified in the simulation and when a satisfactory solution was obtained, this was then implemented on a revised design for the needle hydrophone. This process has been so successful that all Precision Acoustics needle hydrophones now incorporate the modifications suggested by the numerical simulations.

Case Study 2: Pulse vs CW Transducer Fields

During one of our Hydrophone User Courses, Precision Acoustics were asked “Why does the last axial maxima of my transducer appear in a different position when I drive it with a toneburst?” Clearly this relates to the interaction of plate and edge waves from the transducer, but the explanation of this phenomenon was easiest explained with the assistance of some numerical simulations. The animations below display the same transducer drive with either CW or an 8-cycle toneburst whilst the graph displays the axial pressure maps derived from these simulations.


This software, the AFiDS suite, has been developed by Dr. Andrew Hurrell over 10 years, and has been the subject of several conference presentations. If you are interested in participating in the beta testing program and thereby obtaining a discounted version of the AFiDS Suite please contact Dr. Andrew Hurrell directly by email, or fill in the enquiry form below.

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