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Pachyderm Acoustic


Pachyderm Acoustic

Pachyderm is a plugin largely used by Designers and Scientists alike to simulate acoustics in buildings, rooms, cities, and other settings.

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Sound Barrier Attenuation

Hi Arthur,I am working on a project to test different models of sound barriers. However, the results that I am getting are not helping to prove much of anything as to which barriers perform better…Continue

Started by Aaron Lichtblau Jun 12.

Use pachyderm for street noise analysis and optimization of planning and building geometry solutions? 1 Reply

Hi - Is Pachyderm only for interior acoustic analysis or can I use it to test impacts of street noise? I am trying to position and shape 3 story residential buildings, with possible insertion of…Continue

Started by Matt Winkelstein. Last reply by Arthur May 7.

Speech transmission index (STI) results

For each receiver the STI component produces 3 results.I would like to clarify the meaning of these results - do they relate to a subset set of the octave bands like a RApid Speech Transmission Index…Continue

Tags: STI, pachyderm

Started by roly hudson Apr 2.

Mapping Crash 3 Replies

Hi Arthur,After I Calculate Solution in Hybrid Modules, I am trying to create a map. I create a mapping surface in Rhino, and then Rhino crashes every time I hit Run Calculation under the Mapping…Continue

Started by Sam. Last reply by Arthur Feb 27.

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Comment by Alex Cligman on July 19, 2018 at 1:02pm

I have a similar issue with the mapping function running Rhino 5 on Windows 10, the pachyder_mapping command does nothing when it is executed and when you try to open it up in a Rhino tab it just crashes. Does anyone have any insights or remdies of this problem?

Many thanks,


Comment by Arthur on June 26, 2018 at 11:41am


It isn't clear to me what is causing the issue, but Rhino has always had trouble on Mac with Parallels. Since I am unable to reproduce the issue of the mapping tab crashing rhino, I can't really comment on it.


Comment by Sandrine Heroux on June 26, 2018 at 11:01am


I see that Zaqi Fathis and Rowan Browan have the same issue as me. Every time I open the Pachyderm Mapping Method tab, Rhino 5 crashes instantly, even though the file was empty. All the other tabs open without any problem. I'm on windows 10 on Parallels with a Mac. 

Did anyone find out what causes the bug and how to fix it?

Comment by Alex Cligman on June 17, 2018 at 4:48am

Hi Arthur,

Is there any you'd be able to at an issue myself and others have encountered with the ITDG component? At present in all simualtions it outputs a value of '0.0' despite other components successfully computing their respective paramters,

Many thanks,

Comment by David Probst on June 13, 2018 at 7:11am


I know understood that it is actually the hole pitch that defines the distances beetween the individual holes, I could calculate that from the percentage of the holes and therefore that works for me now. Sorry for my misunderstanding and thank you so much for your help!

Besides that, I would still love to hear your opinion on the calculations, if I can send you those privately.

All the best


Comment by David Probst on June 6, 2018 at 5:32am

Hi Arthur,

thanks for the answer, it helped me a lot to be more confident with my work. Also, please don't feel pushed by my questions, I really appreciate all the help you have given me already.

The only thing I don't understand comletely yet is your answer regarding the absorption-coefficient. I do understand the part about why the absorption designer is the right choice and whether or not the surface-structure would matter, but I am still struggling with the impact of the distances beetween each individual hole to the next hole.

I think I had phrased my question a little bit ambigious in the last post. Actually, the whole plate is perforated, but I am talking about the "frequency" of holes along the plate. By that I mean a 1m² plate could have 1000 or 100 or only 5 holes.  I know for example that 1.4 percent of the plate are holes and the rest is massive. With which setting could I compensate for this frequency of holes? Or is there a fundamental flaw in my thought process?

I would love to send you the model and hear your opinion about it, but would prefer to keep that private, since it is not my own creation and I am just testing around with it. Can you accept my friend request here, so I can send you a private message?

Thank you in advance!

Comment by Arthur on May 25, 2018 at 2:31pm

Hi David P,

I have been playing with it a bit more also. One thing I found is that if you make the radius too small, then your result will be poor. Another thing I have found is that the farther away from the sample your sphere is, the lower the magnitude of the scattering will be. This seems to suggest that maybe the base of the hemisphere should always be right at the bottom of the scattering panel.

Regarding whether or not your result is accurate or not, I can't really say. You could send me a copy of your model, though, and I could try it and give you my opinion...

Also, you made the right choice by doing the perforations in the absorption designer, rather than the scattering tool. At present, absorption can't be assigned to the boundaries of the FVM tool. One day I will figure it out, but I will need a lot of time to dedicate to it at once, and family life doesn't allow for that right now... My intuition says that the scattering probably doesn't affect the absorption much, other then that the depth of the perforations will vary with the depth of the panel, and that if you have portions of the panel that are not perforated, the final absorption of the panel will be an area-weighted average of all conditions. (I can't say for sure without studying your design in more detail, though.)

Thanks for giving this experimental tool a shot. I will help in any way I can, within the limits of the many roles I hold.

kind regards,


Comment by David Probst on May 24, 2018 at 8:57am

Hi Arthur,

thank you for your detailed answer and sorry for not answering for such a long time, I was just trying to make sure that I did understand everything before I answer back.

Now I do actually get quite reliably the same results and I have no issues with any crashes anymore. The only problem is that my intuition would sometimes suggest really different values. The main surface I am working with(see image) for example only delivers a scattering coefficient below 0.1 , while I would assume that it should be really high. Do you think that these calculations are right or do you have any idea what I might be doing wrong?

Also I was trying to assess the alpha-coefficient for the same pattern with holes and mineral wool behind, but decided to simplify things and just use the absorbtion designer. Do you think that the pattern itself could have a big influence on the absorbtion or is such a simplification probably all right? I was already building some manual tests to integrate its effect but it is a lot more work.
When using the Absorbtion Designer I did not find a value for the perecentage the holes take up, even though I thought, that this should be the most important value? So far I have just been playing around with the diameter of the holes and studying the results.

Thank you!

Comment by Rowan Browan on April 28, 2018 at 10:29pm

Hi Arthur

I seem to be having the same issue at Zaqi below

I recently installed Pachyderm and have an issue using the Pachyderm Mapping Method.

Every time that I try to open the Mapping Method tab it immediately closes my rhino, and offers to send an error report, as though rhino had just crashed. I am running it on a new Dell XPS 13, so I don't think hardware should be the issue?

I have uninstalled then reinstalled Pachyderm, but the error persists.

Can you please let me know if you've had issues like this before/know any possible solutions?

Comment by ZAQI FATHIS on April 27, 2018 at 9:38am

Hi Arthur,

Ok, right now I just want to follow this tutorial ( 

So my computer is windows x64, with the latest Rhino 5 SR 14 and Grasshopper.  Another tab works fine for me.


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