A coupled structural-acoustic analysis of vibration and sound radiation of underwater finite cylindrical shells is investigated in this paper. The coupled vibration and radiation problem is formulated using Finite Element Method (FEM) for the structure and Boundary Element Method (BEM) for the acoustic domain. Vibration and sound radiation under symmetrical and unsymmetrical point force excitations are examined. It is shown that the coupled modals are the causes of large vibration of the shell and high sound pressure radiation of the acoustic fields. The shapes of frequency response curves of pressure are quite similar in the far fields but change greatly in the near fields.

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