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2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2327
Hangsheng Hou, Wei Zhao, Jian Hou
Abstract Wind noise is one of the most influential NVH attributes that impact customer sensation of vehicle interior quietness. Among many factors that influence wind noise performance, the amount of dynamic door deflection under the pressure load due to fast movement of a vehicle plays a key roll. Excessive deflection could potentially lead to loss of sealing contact, causing aspiration leakage, which creates an effectual path through which the exterior aerodynamically induced noise propagates into the vehicle cabin. The dynamic door deflection can be predicted using CFD and CAE approaches which, in addition to modeling the structure correctly, require a correct pressure loading composed of external and internal pressure distributions. The determination of external pressure distributions can be fulfilled fairly straightforward by using commercial CFD codes such as Fluent, Star CCM+, Powerflow and others.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2324
Hangsheng Hou, Guiping Yue
Abstract When a sunroof opens to let in fresh air while driving, there might be several noise issues associated with it. The most common and painful one is the wind throb issue, which is nevertheless largely resolved by implementing a sufficiently high wind deflector along the front edge of the sunroof. However, with the wind throb suppressed, other sound quality issues might emerge. The most notable one is the hissing noise issue, which becomes increasingly objectionable with the increase of vehicle speed. This work looks into the impact of sunroof deflector on interior sound quality with the consideration of wind throb, hissing noise and booming noise in terms of psychoacoustic attributes that could be felt subjectively. The goal is to achieve a better understanding of the sound quality associated with the sunroof deflector design, and inspire a balanced design, potentially targeting the most NVH demanding customers in the premium vehicle segment.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2241
Hiromichi Tsuji, Shinichi Maruyama, Koichi Onishi
Road Noise is generated by the change of random displacement input inside the tire contact patch. Since the existing 3 or 6 directional electromagnetic shakers have a flat surface at the tire contact patch, these shakers cannot excite the vehicle in a manner representative of actual on-road road noise input. Therefore, this paper proposes a new experimental method to measure the road noise vehicle transfer function. This method is based on the reciprocity between the tire contact patch and the driver's ear location. The reaction force sensor of the tire contact patch is newly developed for the reciprocal loud speaker excitation at the passenger ear location. In addition, with this equipment, it is possible to extract the dominant structural mode shapes creating high sound pressure in the automotive interior acoustic field. This method is referred to as experimental structure mode participation to the noise of the acoustic field in the vibro-acoustic coupling analysis.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2174
Yuanfeng Xia, Jian Pang, Cui Zhou, Hongcheng Li, Wenjuan Li
Abstract Currently, four wheel drive (4WD) system is widely used in Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) due to the increasing demand of fuel efficiency and dynamic performance by customers. However, propeller shaft consisting of different universal joints and tubes on 4WD vehicle easily induces low frequency bending vibration. This paper analyzes the characteristics of driveline bending vibration of a 4WD vehicle and provides control methods to reduce the low frequency vibration caused by propeller shaft bending resonances. Firstly, the driveline bending vibration model of the 4WD vehicle is established using FEA method and the natural frequencies are calculated. Secondly, the influence parameters, such as universal joint, relative length of two-piece propeller shaft, and tube diameters, on bending frequencies are analyzed by both FEA analysis and physical testing.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2342
Jun Zhang, Jian Pang, Siwen Zhang, Xiaoxuan Zhang, Congguang Liu
Abstract A lightweight design method of vehicle dash insulators is proposed and investigated in this paper. The lightweight dash insulator, which is composed of double layers of cotton felt with different density and a layer of polyethylene (PE) film and has 55% decrease in weight, is developed and applied in a passenger car, instead of the traditional “heavy layer-soft layer” dash insulator. To evaluate the NVH performance of the lightweight dash insulator, the noise reduction (NR) level index is calculated by using SEA simulation and the sound pressure level and sound qualities in the vehicle are tested under the driving conditions for wide open throttle acceleration in third gear and 60km/h cruising in fourth gear. The simulation and test results show that the vehicle with the lightweight dash insulator has better NVH performance.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2278
Rohit Ravindran, Debajit Das, Keval Kamani, P Sivaraman, Gyan Arora
Abstract Torsional vibration is a characteristic phenomenon of automotive powertrains. It can have an adverse impact on powertrain related noise as well as the durability of transmission and drivetrain components. Hence minimizing torsional vibration levels associated with powertrains has become important. In this context, accurate measurement and representation of angular acceleration is of paramount importance. A methodology was developed for in-house vehicle level torsional vibration measurement, analysis and representation of results. The evaluation of torsional vibration has two major aspects. First, the acquisition of raw rotational data and secondly, the processing of acquired data to arrive at usable information from which inferences and interpretations can be made about the behavior of the rotating element. This paper describes the development process followed for establishing a torsional vibration evaluation methodology.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2352
Chaitanya Krishna Balla, Sudhakara Naidu, Milind Narayan Ambardekar
Abstract Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) refinement is one of the important parameters in modern vehicle development. In city traffic conditions, idling is an engine operating condition where a driver focuses attention more to his/her vehicle. Tactile vibration & noise levels inside the cab play an important role in all vehicles, especially those powered by diesel engines where combustion pressures are higher. They lead to discomfort & fatigue of passengers of even a low cost vehicle. Now its idle NVH is influenced mainly by vibration-isolation provided by power-train (PT) mounting design, This paper describes steps taken to improve the idle vibrations at a driver seat of a small commercial vehicle (SCV) with a 2-cylinder diesel engine of 800 cc through redesign of PT-mounting along with fine tuning of idle speed of the engine. A resonance was avoided between the first firing order at idling and PT rigid-body mode in pitching.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2254
Wen-Bin Shangguan, Xiao Feng
Abstract The driving pulley is often used as a Torsional Vibration Damper (TVD) for the crankshaft in the front end accessory drive (FEAD) system. Although the crankshaft torsional vibrations are dampened, they are transmitted to the belt transmission and therefore to the driven accessories. The isolation pulley is a new device to reduce the belt tension fluctuation by isolating the belt transmission from the crankshaft torsional vibrations. A five-pulley system with isolation pulley is presented and a non-linear model is established to predict the dynamic response of the pulleys, tensioner motion, tension fluctuation and slippage. The model works in the time domain with Runge-Kutta time-stepping algorithm. The numerical simulation results of harmonic excitations show that the amplitudes of the belt tension fluctuation and the vibrations of each component are reduced significantly. Moreover, the effect of isolation pulley parameters on the system natural frequencies is demonstrated.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2242
Ling Zheng, Zhanpeng Fang
Abstract The design optimization of vehicle body structure is addressed to reduce interior noise and improve customer satisfaction in this paper. The structural-acoustic model is established and the response of sound pressure in frequency domain is obtained by using finite element method. The minimization of sound pressure near the driver's right ear depends on the geometry of vehicle body structure and the layout of damping treatments. The panel participation analysis is performed to find out the key panels as design variables and improve the efficiency of optimization computation. Response Surface Method (RSM) is utilized to optimize the vibro-acoustic properties of vehicle body structure instead of complex structural-acoustic coupling finite element model. Geometric optimization problem of panels is described and solved to minimize the interior noise in vehicle.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2201
Paul B. Murray, Jason T. Kunio, Leif Christensen, Flemming S. Larsen
Abstract Acoustic material testing is becoming increasingly relevant to engineers, designers and manufacturers from a broad range of industries. This paper presents comparisons between material absorption measurements made using the traditional approaches of the reverberation room method and the fixed impedance tube using a sample holder, with those obtained using a lightweight portable flanged impedance tube method. The portable tube allows fast non-destructive in-situ material measurements. It may therefore be used to measure the impact of the installed lay-up (e.g. effects of facing sheets, curvature, material compression, bagging, etc.). Results are presented for both non-locally reacting and locally reacting materials. The flanged tube results are compared directly with in-tube data. They are also corrected for random incidence to allow comparison with the diffuse field reverberation room data.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2239
Nicholas N. Kim, Seungkyu Lee, J Stuart Bolton, Sean Hollands, Taewook Yoo
Abstract Because of the increasing concern with vehicle weight, there is an interest in lightweight materials that can serve several functions at once. Here we consider the vibration damping performance provided by an “acoustical” material (i.e., a fibrous layer that would normally be used for airborne noise control). It has been previously established that the vibration of panel structures creates a non-propagating nearfield in the region close to the panel. In that region, there is an oscillatory, incompressible fluid flow parallel to the panel whose strength decays exponentially with distance from the panel. When a fibrous medium is placed close to the panel in the region where the oscillatory nearfield is significant, energy is dissipated by the viscous interaction of the flow and the fibers, and hence the panel vibration is damped. The degree of panel damping is then proportional to the energy removed from the nearfield by the viscous interaction with the fibrous medium.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2205
John G. Cherng, Simeng Xing, Weiwei Wu, Jan Ladewig, Rolf Balte, Maurice Venegas
Abstract A comprehensive and systematic investigation of the acoustical performance of carbon-nanotube-enhanced polyurethane (PU) foams was performed. The complete foam making process was carried out carefully in order to create stable foams to be integrated with many carbon nanotube materials. A total of eight design parameters were evaluated. Both normal incidence sound transmission loss (STL) and absorption coefficient were measured by use of an impedance tube. It was found that there is an optimum value for most of the design parameters. In general, nanotube-enhanced PU foam definitely demonstrated improvements in both absorption coefficients and sound transmission loss. The improvement of absorption could reach up to 14% and the improvement in STL was quite substantial, i.e. up to 97.5%. This significant improvement in STL with a better absorption coefficient could represent a potential breakthrough in acoustical PU foam manufacturing.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2245
Mohammad Moetakef, Abdelkrim Zouani
Abstract A CAE method has been developed to address engine tonal noise and whine due to the excitation from a gerotor oil pump. The method involves a multidisciplinary approach including CFD, frequency-response structural analysis and acoustic analysis. The results from the application of the method applied to a couple of pumps with different designs are discussed. Engine tonal noise improvement through reduction in the excitation source from the pump and also stiffening the excitation path from the pump to the engine are studied. The effect of component modal alignment with oil pump orders is addressed as well.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2262
Tom Knechten, Marius-Cristian Morariu, PJG van der Linden
Abstract Structural and vibro-acoustic transfer functions still form an essential part of NVH data in vehicle development programs. Excitation in the three DOFs at all body interface connection locations to target responses gives information on local dynamics stiffness and the body sensitivity for that specific path in an efficient manner. However, vehicles become more compact for fuel efficiency, production costs and to meet the market demand for urban vehicles. Alternative driveline concepts increase the electronic content and new mount locations. To achieve the optimum on road noise NVH, handling performance while conserving interior space and trunk volume requires a complex suspension layout. On top of that, customers put weight on safety and comfort systems which result to a higher packaging density. These trends imply ever limiting accessibility of the interface connections on the body structure.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2267
Youngha Kim, Choonhyu Kim, Jaewoong Lee, Sunggi Kim
Abstract This paper describes a structure-borne noise reduction process that was developed using a combination of experimental and analytical methods. First, the major noise paths were identified using experimental Transfer Path Analysis (TPA). Next, FEA-Experimental modeling and forced response simulation were conducted using the Hybrid FEA-Experimental FRF method. The Hybrid FEA-Experimental FRF-Based Substructuring (FBS) model was used along with Operational Deflection Shape (ODS) and Modal Analysis. The Hybrid FEA-Experimental model consisted of an experimental FRF representation of the body and a finite element model of a sub-frame. The finite element of the sub-frame was created by using Altair HyperMesh from CATIA images and the dynamic analysis was carried out by using MSC Nastran. The natural frequency and frequency response function of the finite element sub-frame model were compared with that of a real sub-frame to determine the validity of applying the Hybrid FBS method.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2200
Guojian Zhou, Xiujie Tian, Keda Zhu, Wei Huang, Richard E. Wentzel, Melvyn J. Care
Abstract Acoustic performance of auto interiors is definitely important to control the NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) performance inside a vehicle, and it is determined by the material parameters, such as density (ρ), thickness (d), open porosity (OP), airflow resistivity (σ), tortuosity (T), viscous characteristic length (VCL), thermal characteristic length (TCL), young's modulus, poisson's ratio, and damping coefficient. Firstly, by making different felt samples (of different surface density and thickness), the sound absorption performance and related parameters were obtained. Then the correlation between the parameters and the sound absorption coefficient (SAC) was summarized. Through this method, database of acoustic parameters and the corresponding SAC for porous materials can be established and sound package design and adjustment can be easily conducted based on the database.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2332
Jan Deleener, Akira Sekitou, Masanori Ohta
Abstract Shift quality of a gearbox is one of the most important items contributing to the overall subjective impression of driving comfort for a vehicle with a manual transmission. Often the transmission is the only point of attention for shift quality issues with a focus on the synchronizer being the main area of optimization. This is however not always sufficient. What the driver feels at the gear lever is a result of the interaction between the gear lever, the selector system, the transmission internals and the driveline. For most of these subsystems, well established models are available which can be used in early development to get a first idea of the shift quality. However, accurately representing the physical feel of the transmission cable, connecting the gearbox and the shifter, remains a challenge.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2283
Andrew Smith
Abstract iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, are being used increasingly for professional and scientific applications. Using an iOS device for noise and vibration measurements is an application with many advantages, given its small size, availability, cost, and ease of operation. A system for measuring noise level, logging noise over time, doing FFT frequency analysis of sound, and measuring speech intelligibility has been created. This platform has been developed to use either an iPhone or iPad as a host device. This provides a portable, cost-effective and easy to deploy test and measurement system. The main area of system performance concern is the transducer. The typical transducer in an iOS device is designed with speech analysis in mind, rather than wide-band acoustical analysis. Additionally, the iOS device gyroscope has been optimized to recognize gross movement, rather than detailed fine movement. The strategy for addressing these set of issues has been two-fold.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2354
Xiao-Ang Liu, Zhaoping Lv, Wenbin Shangguan
Abstract The inline 3-cylinder engine is taken as an object, the imbalance resultant rotating inertia moment and resultant reciprocating inertia moment generated by piston-crank mechanisms are analyzed. The balance theories of two different balance methods are presented and the additional moment generated through each method is derived. Three different balance conditions are proposed. The imbalance moments and mount reaction forces in each condition are calculated and compared. The powertrain mounting system design method is developed. The optimal mount stiffness not only satisfy the powertrain's natural frequencies and energy distributions but also meet the requirement for mount reaction forces in “50% balance condition”.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2317
Zhenlin Ji, Yiliang Fan
Abstract A simulative program named as MAP (Muffler Analysis Program) is developed for the rapid calculation and analysis of acoustic characteristics of duct muffling systems. The program is based on the plane wave theory and uses the Visual Basic 6.0 to create a friendly GUI (Graphic User Interface) for input of the geometrical and physical parameters to build and modify the duct muffling systems quickly. The relations among the acoustic elements are established by using the transfer matrix method, the transmission loss (TL) and insertion loss (IL) may be calculated, and then the results are plotted in terms of curves. Map allows designer to change parameters of the duct muffling systems expediently, in order to examine the effects of design changes on the acoustic attenuation characteristics and finally to get an acceptable solution.
2015-06-15
Journal Article
2015-01-2281
Shrirang Deshpande, Randall Allemang
Abstract Spectral maps and order tracks are tools which are susceptible to improper sensor location on rotating machinery and to measurement noise. On a complex/large rotating system, the major behavior in a particular direction cannot be observed by using standard digital signal processing averaging techniques on different sensor outputs. Also, measurement noise cannot be reduced by applying averaging - due to the slew rate of the system. A newly developed technique tested on experimental data, is presented which uses singular value decomposition (SVD) as its basis to improve the observability of rotating systems. By using data acquired from multiple accelerometers on a machine, singular values - obtained from a SVD of the cross-power matrix at each 2-D point in the frequency-RPM domain - can be plotted in a color-map format similar to a RPM spectral map.
2015-06-15
Journal Article
2015-01-2282
Roland Sottek, Wade Bray
Abstract For many years in vehicle and other product noise assessments, tonality measurement procedures such as the Tone-to-Noise Ratio, Prominence Ratio and DIN 45681 Tonality have been available to quantify the audibility of prominent tones. Especially through the recent past as product sound pressure levels have become lower, disagreements between perceptions and measurements have increased across a wide range of product categories including automotive, Information Technology and residential products. One factor is that tonality perceptions are caused by spectrally-elevated noise bands of various widths and slopes as well as by pure tones, and usually escape measure in extant tools. Near-superpositions of discrete tones and elevated narrow noise bands are increasingly found in low-level technical sounds.
2015-06-15
Journal Article
2015-01-2284
Chris Hocking, Simon Antonov, Arsham Shahlari
Abstract The higher cylinder peak pressure and pressure rise rate of modern diesel and gasoline fueled engines tend to increase combustion noise while customers demand lower noise. The multiple degrees of freedom in engine control and calibration mean there is more scope to influence combustion noise but this must first be measured before it can be balanced with other attributes. An efficient means to realize this is to calculate combustion noise from the in-cylinder pressure measurements that are routinely acquired as part of the engine development process. This publication reviews the techniques required to ensure accurate and precise combustion noise measurements. First, the dynamic range must be maximized by using an analogue to digital converter with sufficient number of bits and selecting an appropriate range in the test equipment.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2353
Jan Bunthoff, Frank Gauterin, Christoph Boehm
Abstract In an automotive suspension, the shock absorber plays a significant role to enable the vehicle performances, especially in ride, handling and Noise-Vibration-Harshness (NVH). Understanding its physical characteristics is of great importance, as it has a main influence on the overall vehicle performance. Within this research project simulation models for different passive monotube shock absorber systems have been created in a 1-D system simulation software. The simulation models are designed and parameterized physically. To validate the simulation models measurements on different hydropulse-shaker with specially designed control signals to investigate the response during high frequency excitation, have been done. A detailed discussion of the several models and results of a simulation to measurement comparison is given. After detailed investigation the shock absorber simulation models are now adaptable to the multi body simulation.
2015-06-15
Journal Article
2015-01-2363
Albert Albers, Jan Fischer, Matthias Behrendt, Dirk Lieske
Abstract The driving comfort is an important factor for buying decisions. For the interior noise of battery electric vehicles (BEV) high frequency tonal orders are characteristic. They can for example be caused by the gearbox or the electric drive and strongly influence the perception and rating of the interior noise by the customer. In this contribution methods for measuring, analyzing and predicting the excitation by the dynamic torque of the electric drive are presented. The dynamic torque of the electric drive up to 3.5 kHz is measured on a component test bench with the help of high frequency, high precision torque transducer. The analysis of the results for the order of interest shows a good correlation with the acoustic measurements inside the corresponding vehicle. In addition an experimental and numerical modal analysis of the rotor of the electric drive are performed.
2015-06-15
Journal Article
2015-01-2364
Xianpai Zeng, Jared Liette, Scott Noll, Rajendra Singh
Abstract The vibration isolation effectiveness of powertrain mount configurations is examined for electric vehicle application by considering the effect introduced by internal mount resonances. Unlike internal combustion engines where mounts are typically designed only for static support and low frequency dynamics, electric motors have higher excitation frequencies in a range where mount resonances often occur. The problem is first analytically formulated by considering a simple 3-dimensional powertrain system, and the vibration isolation effectiveness significantly deteriorates at the mount resonance(s). It is shown that by modifying the mount shape, the mount resonance(s) can be shifted while maintaining the same static rate, tuning the frequency away from any engine excitation or natural frequencies. Further, internal mount resonances are utilized to improve vibration isolation over a narrow frequency range, using non-identical mounts to split mount resonance peaks.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2246
Kurt Veggeberg, Mike Denton
Abstract This is an overview of the development of a portable, real-time acoustic beamformer based on FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) and digital microphones for noise source identification. Microphone arrays can be a useful tool in identifying noise sources and give designers an image of noise distribution. The beamforming algorithm is a classic and efficient algorithm for signal processing of microphone arrays and is the core of many microphone array systems. High-speed real-time beamforming has not been implemented much in a portable instrument because it requires large computational resources. Utilizing a beamforming algorithm running on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), this camera is able to detect and locate both stationary and moving noise sources. A high-resolution optical camera located in the middle of the device records images at a rate of 25 frames per second.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2302
Yuksel Gur, Jian Pan, David Wagner
Lightweighting of vehicle panels enclosing vehicle cabin causes NVH degradation since engine, road, and wind noise acoustic sources propagate to the vehicle interior through these panels. In order to reduce this NVH degradation, there is a need to develop new NVH sound package materials and designs for use in lightweight vehicle design. Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) model can be an effective CAE design tool to develop NVH sound packages for use in lightweight vehicle design. Using SEA can help engineers recover the NVH deficiency created due to sheet metal lightweighting actions. Full vehicle SEA model was developed to evaluate the high frequency NVH performance of “Vehicle A” in the frequency range from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. This correlated SEA model was used for the vehicle sound package optimization studies. Full vehicle level NVH laboratory tests for engine and tire patch noise reduction were also conducted to demonstrate the performance of sound package designs on “Vehicle A”.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2300
Robert Fiedler, Chadwyck Musser, Petr Cuchý
Abstract This paper addresses the NVH design of a light rail vehicle whose maximum allowable interior SPL levels at certain speeds are regulated and may vary between countries, states, and cities. The objective of this study was to predict sound pressure levels (SPL) at several interior locations across a wide range of frequencies and estimate if the current design configuration will meet the noise level limits. Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) was used to predict interior SPL and to understand and rank the various noise contribution paths and give a better understanding of the physics of transmission and what types of design changes are most effective to reduce the overall interior SPL to meet targets. A typical light rail vehicle is composed of a frame-like structure covered by lightweight panels and with interior panels that are increasingly made from composites, sandwich, laminated, or honeycomb materials or extruded panels.
2015-06-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2313
Bryce Gardner, Abderrazak Mejdi, Chadwyck Musser, Sébastien Chaigne, Tiago De Campos Macarios
Abstract Flow strongly affects the propagation of acoustics wave transmission within a duct and this must be addressed by the vibro-acoustic modelling of duct systems subject to non-uniform flow. Flow impacts both the effective sound propagation speed in a duct and refracts the sound towards or away from the duct walls depending on whether the acoustic waves are propagating in the direction of the flow or against the flow. Accurate modeling of the acoustic propagation within a duct is crucial for design and “tuning” of muffler systems that need to strongly attenuate narrowband acoustic sources from the engine. Muffler systems that may avoid matching acoustic resonances to engine narrowband sources when no flow is present may experience shifting of resonances to frequencies that match engine sources and cause problems when the flow during a real operating condition is present.
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