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Comparison between Measurement and Boundary Element Modelization of Subwoofers

At very low frequency, even large anechoic chambers can not be used to measure subwoofers accurately. A solution consists in using the Field Separation Method. This technique allows subtracting the field reflected by the measurement room walls to the measured field, thus recovering the acoustic pressure that would have been radiated under free field conditions. In this work, the Field Separation Method is used to measure two subwoofer prototypes. Results are compared to the ones given by a boundary element modelization of the subwoofers. Input velocities required for the modeling are measured by using a laser Doppler vibrometer. Comparisons are performed on the following quantities: on-axis pressure and directivity. Discrepancies between results obtained by these two methods are discussed and explained when possible.

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