Technical Brief

Ray Tracing Using Radial Basis Function Networks

[+] Author and Article Information
Travis Wiens

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Saskatchewan,
57 Campus Drive,
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9, Canada
e-mail: t.wiens@usask.ca

Contributed by the Noise Control and Acoustics Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF VIBRATION AND ACOUSTICS. Manuscript received June 26, 2015; final manuscript received January 5, 2016; published online February 3, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Ronald N. Miles.

J. Vib. Acoust 138(2), 024502 (Feb 03, 2016) (3 pages) Paper No: VIB-15-1231; doi: 10.1115/1.4032514 History: Received June 26, 2015; Revised January 05, 2016

This paper presents a numerical method of tracing of sound or other refracted rays through a medium with arbitrarily varying refractive index. The method uses a radial basis function (RBF) network to define the refractive index of the medium, allowing continuous gradients to be determined analytically and the ray path to be solved using standard numerical ordinary differential equation (ODE) solution techniques.

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Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 1

Calculated ray paths radiating from the central point, through a flame with significant temperature (and sonic speed) gradient. This is the initial value problem, where the ray's initial direction is known.

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 2

Calculated ray paths between eight acoustic transducers, traveling through the temperature field of a simulated ethanol pool fire. This is an example of the boundary value problem where one knows the initial and final position of the ray.




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