An Investigation of Loudspeaker Simulation Efficiency and Accuracy Using i) A Conventional Model, ii) The Near-To-Far-Field Transformation and iii) The Rayleigh Integral
Simulation on loudspeaker drivers require a conventional fully coupled vibro-acoustic model to capture all effect. An accurate vibroacoustic model can be time-consuming to solve, especially in 3D. In practical applications, this results in poor efficiency concerning the decision-making process to move on to the next simulation model. To overcome this the loudspeaker designer can use either the COMSOL build-in near-to-far-field transformation (PFAR) or post-process structural only results via the Rayleigh integral to reduce or totally eliminate the computationally demanding open air domain in front of the speaker. These simplifications comes with the cost of a frequency dependent inaccuracy. This paper compares for three different drivers (a totally flat, a concave cone and a convex dome) the efficiency and accuracy.