During the last couple of years, there has been an increasing focus on the vibro-acoustic performance of built environments due to increasing requirements in building codes regarding impact and airborne sound transmission. Hence, development of efficient and accurate methods for prediction of sound in such buildings is important. In the low-frequency range, prediction of sound and vibration in building structures may be achieved by finite-element analysis (FEA). The aim of this paper is to compare the two commercial codes ABAQUS and ANSYS for FEA of an acoustic-structural coupling in a timber, lightweight panel structure. For this purpose, modal analyses are carried out employing a fully coupled model of sound waves within an acoustic medium and vibrations in the structural part. The study concerns the frequency range 50–250 Hz.

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