Finite element methods are progressively being utilized to assist in the continuous development of loudspeakers. The core of this paper is the method of lumping certain parts of the finite element model, creating a significant reduction in the model complexity that allows for e.g. faster structural optimization. This is illustrated in the paper with a loudspeaker example where the electromagnetic parts are lumped as well as the spider. It is shown that the simplified model still matches the complex response of the full FE model at very high frequencies.
- Lumped model