The DREAM toolbox can be used to, for example, simulate and evaluate array designs, evaluate imaging methods etc. An example is shown in Figure 1 below where the wavefield of an (undersampled) 32 element linear array has been simulated.
The toolbox consists of a set of routines for computing (discrete) spatial impulse responses (SIRs) for various single-element transducer geometries as well as multi-element transducer arrays. Based on linear systems theory, these SIR functions can then be convolved with the transducer's electrical impulse response to obtain the acoustic field at an observation point. Using the DREAM toolbox one can simulate ultrasonic measurement systems for many configurations including phased arrays and measurements performed in lossy media.
The DREAM toolbox uses a numerical procedure based on based on the discrete representation (DR) computational concept [1,2] which is a method based on the general approach of the spatial impulse responses [3,4].
- Computes spatial impulse responses (SIRs) directly in a discrete form.
- Support for many common transducer and array types.
- Support for parallel processing using threads.
- Compute SIRs for lossy media.
- Easy to use graphical user interface (GUI).
The table below show the transducer functions in the DREAM toolbox.
|Transducer type||DREAM function|
|Strip (line) transducer||dreamline|
|Focused Rectangular transducer||dreamrect_f|
|Focused Circular transducer||dreamcirc_f|
|Spherical focused (concave) transducer||dreamsphere_f|
|Spherical defocused (convex) transducer||dreamsphere_d|
|Cylindrical focused (concave) transducer||dreamcylind_f|
|Cylindrical defocused (convex) transducer||dreamcylind_d|
|Array with rectangular elements||dream_arr_rect|
|Array with circular elements||dream_arr_circ|
|Array with cylindrical concave elements||dream_arr_cylind_f|
|Array with cylindrical convex elements||dream_arr_cylind_d|
 B.Piwakowski and B. Delannoy.
"Method for Computing Spatial Pulse Response: Time-domain Approach",
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 86, no. 6, pp. 2422--32,
 B. Piwakowski and K. Sbai. "A New Approach to Calculate the Field Radiated from Arbitrarily Structured Transducer Arrays", IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 422--40, March 1999.
 G. E. Tupholme, "Generation of acoustic pulses by baffled plane pistons", Mathematika, vol 16, pp. 209--224, 1969.
 P.R. Stepanishen. "Transient radiation from pistons in an infinite planar baffle", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 49, pp. 1629--38, 1971.