NEXUS NETWORK JOURNAL, vol.17, no.2, pp.655-670, 2015 (SCI-Expanded)
The behavior of sound in an enclosed space is very complex. This behavior is closely related to boundaries, material properties and with the form of the space they are in. In this paper, the image source method as a method for modeling the sound field in enclosed spaces is re-visited and patterns of image sources and their relationships with the geometry of enclosing space is studied by using polygons/polyhedrons in 2D and 3D. Symmetries of these image source points, identification of possible polygons enabling simple geometrical shape formations and knowing the resulting geometrical pattern, is used as an input to an acoustic model, reducing the complexity and computational time. Visualization of such complex patterns provides a solid tool to grasp complex relationships. Therefore transcoding the invisible relationships of acoustics into geometric patterns of mathematics provides a valuable means to improve the cognition of sound phenomena and to extract information as design input.