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Geometric algebra and an acoustic space time for propagation in non-uniform flow

Gregory, A and Agarwal, A and Lasenby, J and Sinayoko, S (2015) Geometric algebra and an acoustic space time for propagation in non-uniform flow. In: 22nd International Congress on Sound and Vibration, 2015-7-12 to 2015-7-16, Florence, Italy.

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Abstract

This study aims to make use of two concepts in the field of aeroacoustics; an analogy with relativity, and Geometric Algebra. The analogy with relativity has been investigated in physics and cosmology, but less has been done to use this work in the field of aeroacoustics. Despite being successfully applied to a variety of fields, Geometric Algebra has yet to be applied to acoustics. Our aim is to apply these concepts first to a simple problem in aeroacoustics, sound propagation in uniform flow, and the more general problem of acoustic propagation in non-uniform flows. By using Geometric Algebra we are able to provide a simple geometric interpretation to a transformation commonly used to solve for sound fields in uniform flow. We are then able to extend this concept to an acoustic spacetime applicable to irrotational, barotropic background flows. This geometrical framework is used to naturally derive the requirements that must be satisfied by the background flow in order for us to be able to solve for sound propagation in the non-uniform flow using the simple wave equation. We show that this is not possible in the most general situation, and provide an explicit expression that must be satisfied for the transformation to exist. We show that this requirement is automatically satisfied if the background flow is incompressible or uniform, and for both these cases derive an explicit transformation. In addition to a new physical interpretation for the transformation, we show that unlike previous investigations, our work is applicable to any frequency.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div F > Signal Processing and Communications
Div A > Fluid Mechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:06
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2021 18:04
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