Numerical Calculations of Acoustic Emission
A computer program  which solves the partial differential equations for sound propagation numerically is applied to the study of problems in acoustic emission. The program uses finite difference techniques to calculate sound fields due to distributions of sources in complex geometries in two dimensions. The potential to handle more complex geometries and to model more realistic sources is the main advantage of this type of calculation over the analytic calculations. The main disadvantage of the numerical technique is the cost of obtaining results since a large main frame computer or supercomputer is required.