Frequency-Dependent Losses

In nearly all natural wave phenomena, losses increase with frequency. Distributed losses due to air drag and internal bulk losses in the string tend to increase monotonically with frequency. Similarly, air absorption increases with frequency, adding loss for sound waves in acoustic tubes or open air [321].

Perhaps the apparently simplest modification to Eq.(C.21) yielding
frequency-dependent damping is to add a *third-order*
time-derivative term [395]:

While this model has been successful in practice [77], it turns out to go

A well posed replacement for Eq.(C.28) is given by

in which the third-order partial derivative with respect to time, , has been replaced by a third-order

The solution of a lossy wave equation containing higher odd-order
derivatives with respect to time yields traveling waves which
propagate with frequency-dependent attenuation. Instead of scalar
factors
distributed throughout the diagram as in Fig.C.5,
each
factor becomes a *lowpass filter* having some
frequency-response per sample denoted by
. Because
propagation is passive, we will always have
.

More specically, As shown in [395], odd-order partial derivatives with respect to time in the wave equation of the form

correspond to attenuation of traveling waves on the string. (The even-order time derivatives can be associated with variations in

In particular, if the wave equation (C.21) is modified by adding terms proportional to and , for instance, then the per-sample propagation gain has the form

where the are constants depending on the constants and in the wave equation. Since these per-sample loss filters are linear and time-invariant [452], they may also be consolidated at a minimum number of points in the waveguide without introducing any approximation error, just like the constant gains in Fig.C.5. This result does not extend precisely to the waveguide mesh (§C.14).

In view of the above, we see that we can add odd-order time
derivatives to the wave equation to approximate experimentally
observed frequency-dependent damping characteristics in vibrating
strings [73]. However, we then have the problem that
such wave equations are ill posed, leading to possible stability
failures at high sampling rates. As a result, it is generally
preferable to use mixed derivatives, as in Eq.(C.29), and try to
achieve realistic damping using higher order *spatial derivatives*
instead.

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