The search for a convenient connection between vibration patterns on a structure and the sound radiated from that structure is ongoing in structural acoustics literature. Common techniques are wavenumber domain methods, or representation of the vibration in terms of some basis, such as structural modes or elementary radiators, and calculating the sound radiation in terms of the basis. Most choices for a basis in this situation exhibit strong coupling between the basis functions, but there is one choice which does not: Acoustic radiation modes are by definition the basis that orthogonalizes the radiation operator, meaning the radiation modes do not exhibit any coupling in radiation of sound.Acoustic radiation modes are coming up on their 30th anniversary in the literature, but still have not found wide use. This is largely due to the fact that most radiation modes must be calculated through the computationally intensive boundary element method or boundary integral equations. Analytical expressions for radiation modes, or for the radiation resistance matrix from which they are derived, are only available for a few geometries. This thesis meets this problem head on, to develop additional analytical expressions for radiation resistance matrices of cylindrically curved structures.Radiation modes are developed in the context of their use to calculate sound power. Experimental and computational sound power calculations are presented in order to validate the use of the modes developed here. In addition, the properties and trends of the developed modes are explored.



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Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy



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acoustic radiation modes, sound power, structural acoustics