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Volume 125, Issue 5, May 2009
- GENERAL LINEAR ACOUSTICS 
A simple method avoiding non-uniqueness in the boundary element method for acoustic scattering problem125(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3111856View Description Hide Description
The boundary element method(BEM) is widely used for sound field analysis problems; however, it has a non-uniqueness problem in the exterior domain. Various methods to avoid this problem have been developed; however, these are not easily applied to the BEM. In this paper, a simple method called the “ICA-Ring (inner cavity ringing) method” is proposed for avoiding the non-uniqueness problem, and this method is applied to the BEM in both single and plural domains. The concept of the ICA-Ring method is that a scatterer in free space is hollowed as a shell and the volume is smaller; the eigenfrequencies are shifted to a higher range. Next, the mechanism of the non-uniqueness problem in plural domains and a reason of the application of the ICA-Ring method to the case of plural domains are explained. Finally, some results calculated by the BEM using the ICA-Ring method are shown. The calculational condition is that a cylinder with radius floats in two-dimensional free space. In this case, no calculational errors exist in in both single and plural domains, when the thickness of the shell is . The ICA-Ring method does not need to modify an existing computer program of conventional BEM.