The Boundary Element Method With Finite Differences in Time
Report, 2005

This report deals with the formulation and calculation of boundary element methods (BEM) in the time domain. One of the greatest advantages with BEM is that only the boundary of the room has to be discretized instead of the whole enclosed volume. This will usually decrease the calculation time significantly, but the problems with BEM are instead that the integrals on the boundary become more singular, since more information has to be concentrated on a smaller domain (the boundary instead of the volume). This means that the method becomes quite sensitive to numerical evaluation of integrals etc. In this report BEM is formulated and analyzed for acoustic scattering in the time domain, followed by a numerical example that investigates the stability of the method.


marching on in time

energy conservation

quiescent past

Green’s function



explicit interpolation


spatial and temporal discretization

time domain


Georgios Natsiopoulos

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Room Acoustics

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Civil Engineering

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