Gaussian-DPSM (G-DPSM) and element source method (ESM) modifications to DPSM for ultrasonic field modeling

Ehsan Kabiri Rahani, Tribikram Kundu

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In the last few years, Distributed Point Source Method (DPSM) a mesh-free semi-analytical technique has been developed. In spite of its many advantages, one shortcoming of the conventional DPSM method is that the field obtained by conventional DPSM method needs to be scaled to match the theoretical solutions. Two modification techniques called Gaussian-DPSM (G-DPSM) and Element Source Method (ESM) are developed here to avoid the scaling need. G-DPSM technique introduces additional fictitious point sources around every parent point source. Gaussian weight functions determine the strength of these additional fictitious point sources that are denoted as child point sources. ESM replaces discrete point sources used in the conventional DPSM by continuous sources. In the ESM formulation individual point sources are denoted as nodes. Special elements are formed on the boundary by connecting these nodes. The source strength inside the element can vary linearly or non-linearly depending on the order of the interpolation function used inside the element. Results generated by both these methods are compared with the conventional DPSM solution and analytical solution. It is shown that the ultrasonic field in front of the transducer computed by G-DPSM and ESM matches very well with the theory without using any scaling factor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-631
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Distributed Point Source Method
  • Element Source Method
  • Gaussian-DPSM
  • Transducer Modeling
  • Ultrasonic Field Modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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