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Raúl Pagán Muñoz is part time Postdoctoral Researcher in the Building Acoustics chair of the Unit Building Physics and Services (BPS) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Manager of the European H2020 project Acoutect (2017-2020). Raúl’ research interests are related with numerical and experimental methods to evaluate sound propagation in the built environment. His thesis revolves on the implementation of a novel hybrid Fourier pseudospectral / discontinuous Galerkin time-domain method for computing sound propagation in domains with arbitrary boundary conditions and shapes. Additionally, he is investigating the applicability of the diffusion equation to compute sound propagation in urban environments and performing some experiments in real urban scenarios with canyon-type streets. As Project Manager, Raúl collaborates in the coordination of the initial training network Acoutect. The project marries “Acoustics” and “Architecture” and responds to the important role that Acousticians have in the design of modern buildings.

Academic background

Raúl Pagán Muñoz received his MSc degree on Sound and Vibration in 2011 from Chalmers University of Technology. In 2016, Raúl completed a three year research period at Eindhoven University of Technology as Early-Stage Researcher within a FP7 Marie Curie action of the European Union in the project “SONORUS: Urban Sound Planner”. Before starting his research career, he was working for some years at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain, mainly as Project Manager and for the Spanish Accreditation Body (ENAC) as lead assessor and acoustic technical expert. In the last years in Spain, Raúl worked at the Centre for Applied Acoustics and Non-Destructive Evaluation, a shared institute between UPM and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) where his research ambitions awoke.

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Projects 2015 2020

TtT: Tools to tackle environmental health problems

Eijkemans, C., Hornikx, M., Klein, C., Klein, C., Trikootam, S., van Dorst, K., Pagan Munoz, R. & Hegh, L.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2001 2019

  • 58 Citations
  • 10 Article
  • 6 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)
4 Citations (Scopus)

Hybrid Fourier pseudospectral/discontinuous Galerkin time-domain method for wave propagation

Pagán Muñoz, R. & Hornikx, M. C. J., 31 Jul 2017, In : Journal of Computational Physics. 348, 1 November 2017, p. 416-432 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Wave propagation
wave propagation
Euler equations
Boundary conditions

Applying the diffusion equation to urban scenarios: computational analysis of the diffusion coefficient

Pagán Muñoz, R., Navarro Ruiz, J. M. & Hornikx, M., 11 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the ICA 2019 and EAA Euroregio: 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019. Aachen: ICA/EAA, p. 3756-3763 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

diffusion coefficient
sound fields
sound propagation

Numerical modeling for urban sound propagation: developments in wave-based and energy-based methods

Pagán Muñoz, R., 28 Jun 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 241 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Room acoustics modelling in the time-domain with the nodal discontinuous Galerkin method

Wang, H., Sihar, I., Pagan Munoz, R. & Hornikx, M., 30 Apr 2019, In : Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 145, 4, p. 2650–2663 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Galerkin method
boundary conditions

Hybrid Fourier pseudospectral/discontinuous Galerkin time-domain method for arbitrary boundary conditions

Pagan Munoz, R. & Hornikx, M. C. J., Jun 2017, 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 8th Forum Acusticum. Boston, Massachusetts: Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 141, p. 3809-3809

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Open Access
boundary conditions
acoustic propagation
sound propagation

Activities 2010 2010

  • 1 Contributed talk

Influence of solar panel fields on sound propagation outdoors

Maarten C.J. Hornikx (Speaker), Raúl Pagán Muñoz (Speaker), Constant Hak (Speaker), Bircan Isik (Speaker)
5 Nov 2010

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkProfessional


Student theses

Implementation of the diffusion equation model for irregularly shaped rooms using the finite difference method

Author: van der Wilt, M., 30 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Hornikx, M. (Supervisor 1), Pagán Muñoz, R. (Supervisor 2) & Hak, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Road traffic noise interventions: development of a method to quantify their effects on annoyance and sleep disturbance at a small scale

Author: Dohmen, M., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Hornikx, M. (Supervisor 1), Pagán Muñoz, R. (Supervisor 2) & van Kamp, I. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master