A system and method for tracking and tracing motions of multiple incoherent sound sources and for visualizing the resultant overall sound pressure distribution in 3D space in real time are developed. This new system needs only four microphones (although more could be used) that can be mounted at any position so long as they are not placed on the same plane. A sample configuration is to mount three microphones on the y, z plane, while the 4th microphone on a plane perpendicular to the y, z plane. A processor receives signals from the microphones based on the signals received from noise sources in unknown locations, and the processor determines the locations of these sources and visualizes the resultant sound field in 3D space in real time. This system works for broadband, narrowband, tonal sound signals under transient and stationary conditions.
WU SEAN F [US]
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