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Volume 131, Issue 1, January 2012
- ACOUSTICAL MEASUREMENTS AND INSTRUMENTATION 
131(2012); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3664051View Description Hide Description
Following recent advancements in the study of time-averaged properties of energy propagation in linear acoustic fields, the well established concept of power factor known from the electric AC circuits analysis, is here extended to acoustics. This allows our outline of a complete acousto-electro-mechanicanalogy, where the fundamental physical concept of energy trajectory is assimilated to a continuous line network of electric circuits, and the complex intensity vector field is defined by means of three special spatial directions: the tangent, the principal normal and the binormal direction at each point of any energy path. The notions of sound energy conductance and susceptance are then introduced and their relationship with complex intensity is highlighted. Finally, the frequency distributions of the defined quantities are measured in different acoustical contexts, thus illustrating their practical utility for advanced intensimetric metrology.