Time step size for Acoustic Simulation

    • Gorilla Koala


      I'm calculating acoustic pressure inside pipe using LES+Ffowcs Willams and Hawkings (FW-H) model. 

      During the calcualtion, I noticed that the results extremly depend on the time stpe size. I tried that time step size 5E-5, 1.1E-6 and 5E-7 sec. And the result is the figure below. The time step size is smaller, the peaks shift to right. I calculated this result by the steps;

      1) ANSYS fluent calcuates acoustics pressure with LES+FW-H model

      2)Power spectral density (psd) is calculated from the acoustic pressure

      3)spl = dB(sqrt(psd*df))

      Do you have any idea why the peak of the sound pressure level shift to large when the time step size becomes small?

      And how much should I decrease the time step size?



    • Federico Alzamora Previtali


      I suggest you look into aliasing errors, which occurs in a FFT due to insufficient sampling of a high frequency signal.

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