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Generalized Wave Impedance

Figure C.47 depicts a section of a conical bore which widens to the right connected to a section which narrows to the right. In addition, the cross-sectional areas are not matched at the junction.

The horizontal $ x$ axis (taken along the boundary of the cone) is chosen so that $ x=0$ corresponds to the apex of the cone. Let $ A(x)=\alpha x^2$ denote the cross-sectional area of the bore.

Figure C.47: a) Physical picture. b) Waveguide implementation.

Since a piecewise-cylindrical approximation to a general acoustic tube can be regarded as a ``zeroth-order hold'' approximation. A piecewise conical approximation then uses first-order (linear) segments. One might expect that quadratic, cubic, etc., would give better and better approximations. However, such a power series expansion has a problem: In zero-order sections (cylinders), plane waves propagate as traveling waves. In first-order sections (conical sections), spherical waves propagate as traveling waves. However, there are no traveling wave types for higher-order waveguide flare (e.g., quadratic or higher) [360].

Since the digital waveguide model for a conic section is no more expensive to implement than that for a cylindrical section, (both are simply bidirectional delay lines), it would seem that modeling accuracy can be greatly improved for non-cylindrical bores (or parts of bores such as the bell) essentially for free. However, while the conic section itself costs nothing extra to implement, the scattering junctions between adjoining cone segments are more expensive computationally than those connecting cylindrical segments. However, the extra expense can be small. Instead of a single, real, reflection coefficient occurring at the interface between two cylinders of differing diameter, we obtain a first-order reflection filter at the interface between two cone sections of differing taper angle, as seen in the next section.

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