Loudspeaker cabinets should not contribute at all to the total sound radiation but aim instead to be a perfectly rigid box that encloses the drive units. To achieve this goal, state of the art FEM software packages and Doppler vibro-meters are the tools at our disposal. The modeling steps covered in the paper are: measuring and fitting orthotropic material properties, including damping; 3D mechanical modeling with a curvilinear coordinates system and thin elastic layers to represent glue joints; scanning laser Doppler measurements and single point vibration measurements with an accelerometer. Additionally a numerically efficient post-processing approach used to extract the total radiated acoustic power and an example of what kind of improvement can be expected from a typical design optimization are presented.
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