Power balance analysis of nonperiodic structural components from a model converted from FEM to SEA.



Using Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) to characterize the power flow within a vibroacoustic system is a challenging task when the subsystems have irregular shape and complex construction. Retrieving analytical solutions for the ordinary SEA parameters is nearly impractical without restricting simplifications and periodicity is usually not exploitable due to the lack of repetition patterns. A promising option to perform the power balance for such cases is to filter part of the information contained in a Finite Element Method (FEM) model of the system, in order to convert it into a SEA model. In this paper, the Lorentzian Frequency Average and the Nonparametric Random Matrix Theory are applied to randomize the dynamic stiffness matrix of the FEM components from a system of industrial application. The obtained direct field dynamic stiffness matrices are employed along the diffuse field reciprocity relationship as a general framework to determine the energetic content of each component. The results obtained with this procedure are evaluated against the ones from classical SEA and Monte Carlo techniques.