The complex envelope vectorization (CEV) is a recent method that has been successfully applied to structural and internal acoustic problems. Unlike other methods proposed in the last two decades to solve high frequency problems, CEV is not an energy method, although it shares with all the other techniques a variable transformation of the field variable. By such transformation involving a Hilbert transform, CEV allows the representation of a fast oscillating signal through a set of low oscillating signals. Thanks to such transformation it is possible to solve a high frequency dynamic problem at a computational cost that is lower than that required by finite elements. In fact, by using finite elements, a high frequency problem usually implies large matrices. On the contrary the CEV formulation is obtained by solving a set of linear problems of highly reduced dimensions. Although it was proved that CEV is in general a successful procedure, it was shown that it is particularly appropriate when the modes of the system have a negligible role on the solution. Moreover, the numerical advantage of the CEV formulation is much more pronounced when full matrices are used. Thus, for the first time it is applied to a boundary element formulation (BEM). Both external and internal acoustic fields of increasing complexity are considered: the internal and external field generated by a pulsating sphere; the external field of a forced box, where the velocity field is determined by finite elements; a set of 4 plates that form an open cavity. The results are compared with those obtained by a BEM procedure (SYSNOISE), highlighting the good quality of the proposed approach. An estimate of the computational advantage is also provided. Finally it is worthwhile to point out that the reduction of the BE matrices allows for an in-core solution even for large problems.

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