FINE™ / Acoustics

Integrated Environment for Acoustic, Vibro-Acoustic and Aero-Acoustic simulations, from fast pre-design calculations to detailed large scale analyses.


FINE™/Acoustics is a complete simulation suite for the analysis of a broad range of industrial applications involving Acoustics, Vibro-Acoustics and Aero-Acoustics.



  • Acoustic sources retrieved from experiments or defined analytically.
  • Noise propagation analysis in uniform and non-uniform mean flows.
  • Sound absorption from porous/fibrous materials and perforated sheets.
  • Impedance boundary condition to simulate acoustic liners.


  • Iterative FEM (Finite Element Method) and BEM (Boundary Element Method) solvers, for propagation analysis,based on multi-frequency parallelization technology.
  • FW-H (Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings) solver for radiation analysis, compatible with fixed/rotating, solid/porous radiation surfaces.
  • Impedance Matrix method for the Transmission Loss analysis of mufflers and exhaust systems.
  • Eigenvalues analysis for cavity modes detection.



  • Structure excitation based on acoustic sources, unsteady pressure fields and point forces applied to the vibrating structure.
  • Fluid-structure coupling based on import of structural modes (from NASTRAN, ABAQUS, ANSYS).


  • FEM-BEM solvers for fully coupled vibro-acoustic simulations.
  • Mixed direct-indirect BEM approach to include thin shells in frequency response analyses.
  • FEM cavity modes analysis including sound absorption and structure vibration.



  • Efficient simulation of TONAL and BROADBAND noise sources thanks to the full integration with NUMECA’s CFD methods (used for noise source characterization).
  • Possibility to exploit CFD solutions obtained with any CFD tool on the market (import of CGNS, Tecplot, FieldView file formats).


  • Integration with the Nonlinear Harmonic (NLH) method for the simultaneous simulation of TONAL noise source and propagation including liners (ASME GT2014-26429 and ETC ETC2015-197 papers).
    Orders of magnitude faster than with propagation approaches based on unsteady CFD solutions.
  • FINETM/Acoustics includes the Flow-Noise method for the analysis of BROADBAND noise based on the reconstruction of synthetic turbulence from a steady RANS solution (SAE 2015-01-2329 paper).
    This approach is currently under industrial implementation at NUMECA.
  • LES, DES, U-RANS solutions can be imported in FINETM/Acoustics and used to characterize the source region and to compute the sound propagation.

Industrial applications:

  • Aero-acoustics and Acoustics: aeronautical turbofan engines & nacelles, propellers, contra rotating open rotors (CROR), compressors, turbines, airframe noise, airfoil noise,
    helicopter’s rotor noise, wind turbines, HVAC systems, flow ducts, automotive mufflers and exhausts, marine propellers, etc.
  • Vibro-acoustics: vibrating structures, NVH, water pumps, marine applications, panel TL, engine radiation, random vibro-acoustics, acoustic fatigue, etc.

FINE™/Acoustics Webinars (Available on Request)

  • Acoustic simulation of open-water propeller DTMB 4119 (Jun 2015)
  • Flow-Noise simulation of Automotive Applications (Apr 2015)
  • Tonal and Broadband Noise Simulation of Turbomachinery Applications (Feb 2015)
  • Flow-Noise analysis of a Car’s Mirror based on steady RANS simulation (Sep 2014)
  • Integrated “CFD – Acoustic” Computational Approach to the Simulation of Aircraft Fan Noise (Jul 2014)
  • Aero-Vibro-Acoustic simulation of Exhaust Systems and Mufflers (May 2014)
  • Integrated “CFD – Acoustic” Computational Approach to the Simulation of Contra Rotating Open Rotors (Apr 2014)
  • Random Vibro-Acoustic analysis of a Solar Array (Jan 2014)
  • Acoustic Performance Characterization of Automotive Exhaust Systems (Apr 2013)
  • Vibro-Acoustic Analysis of a Centrifugal Water Pump (Jan 2013)


Graphical user interface

  • The GUI enables powerful control of all the modeling steps, from the initial pre-processing, to the solvers’ execution, up to the final post-processing and analysis of results.


  • Direct import of the CFD mesh and advanced projection of the CFD results onto the acoustic mesh.
  • Import of structural meshes and results (for vibro-acoustics).
  • Import of acoustic meshes generated by HEXPRESS™/Hybrid, the NUMECA-integrated CAD cleaning and parallel grid generation system creating conformal body-fitted meshes on complex arbitrary geometry.
  • Acoustic mesh generation from coarsening or shrink-wrapping of the imported CFD and structural meshes.
  • Large set of acoustic boundary conditions and equivalent acoustic sources.
  • Easy application of boundary conditions and flexible definition of multiple-domains.


  • Frequency Response solver (coupled FEM/BEM), modeling the sound propagation in presence of non-uniform mean flow.
  • Eigenvalues (FEM) to evaluate natural acoustic modes (cavity modes), coupled vibro-acoustic modes and modal damping with sound absorption material.
  • Ffowcs-Williams & Hawkings (FW-H) solver, implementing the acoustic analogy to model noise radiated by fixed/rotating, solid/permeable surfaces.
  • Integration within the FINE™/Turbo Non Linear Harmonic (NLH) CFD method, specifically suited to compute TONAL noise.
  • Flow-Noise solver for the prediction of BROADBAND noise produced by “isotropic” turbulence, relying on a cost-effective CFD RANS analysis.

Solvers implementation

  • A single integrated solver (coupled BEM-FEM).
  • Parallelization of all stages (coefficient calculations, system solution, microphones evaluation).
  • Iterative and Direct solvers available.
  • Cluster solver availability: Windows, Linux (MPI Based).

Post processing

  • Flexible visualization and manipulation of results.
  • 2D plots (e.g. spectra or time histories at virtual microphones and nodes).
  • Average evaluator to extract sound power, impedance, intensity, etc. on groups of elements.
  • Representation in linear frequencies and 1/3 octave bands.
  • A-weighing, C-weighing (correction for hearing sensitivity).
  • Automatic calculation of Transmission Loss (e.g. in mufflers).
  • 3D view of computed acoustic fields and distributions.
  • Animation of complex fields (fringe plots).
  • Audio reproduction of sound at microphones.
  • Recursive execution through batch files (ASCII).
  • Export of solutions (plots, fields) in proprietary and ASCII file formats.


  • Automation based on Python scripting


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