During the design stage of ground vehicles it is important to reduce the noise emitted from structural components. In commercial applications the reduction of the interior noise for passenger comfort is a concern with increased significance. In military applications noise radiated from the exterior of the vehicle is of primary importance for the survivability of the vehicle. Numerical acoustic prediction software can be used during the design stage to predict and reduce the radiated noise. Two formulations, the Rayleigh integral equation1 and the direct boundary element method2,3 were implemented into software for acoustic prediction. The developed code can accept information from a finite element model with a known input forcing function. Specifically, the predicted velocities on the structural surfaces can be used as input to the acoustic code for predicting the noise emitted from a vibrating structure. Computation of acoustic sensitivities4 was also implemented in the code. This information can identify the portions of the boundary that effect the radiated noise most, and it can be used in an optimization process to reduce the noise radiated from a vibrating structure.

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