Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. David W. Herrin


Frequency based substructuring (FBS) is routinely used to model structural dynamics. It provides a framework for connecting structural subsystems together, assessing path contributions, determining the effect of mount modification, and identifying inverse forces. In this work, FBS methods are extended to include acoustic subsystems and connecting pipes and ducts. Connecting pipes or ducts are modeled using the transfer matrix approach which is commonly used for modeling mufflers and silencers below the plane wave cutoff frequency. The suggested approach is validated using boundary element method (BEM) simulation. Applications of the procedure include determining airborne path contributions, the effect of treating ducts and apertures, and the effect of making lumped acoustic impedance modifications to a subsystem. The method can be simplified and used for determining the effect of design changes on the insertion loss of enclosures.