Using numerical models within an SEA framework
Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) is widely used for modeling the vibro-acoustic response of large and complex structures. SEA makes simulations practical thanks to its intrinsic statistical approach and the lower computational cost compared to FE-based techniques. However, SEA still requires underlying models for subsystems and junctions to compute the SEA coefficients which appear in the power balance equations of the coupled system. Classically, such models are based on simplified descriptions of the structures to allow analytical or semi-analytical developments. To overcome this limitation, the authors have proposed a general approach to SEA which only requires the knowledge of impedances of the structures to compute SEA coefficients. Such impedances can always be computed from an accurate FE model of each component of a coupled system.