Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-1834
1999-05-17

Fast Determination of Vehicle Sound Level per ISO 5130 1999-01-1834

Noise from vehicles is a major contributor to community noise. While at high speed often the pavement-tire interaction may be the predominant source, engine noise may also be significant, especially at low speeds. In some European countries most trucks, autos, and motorcycles must be tested at regular intervals per ISO 5130 (1982) “Acoustics- measurement of noise emitted by stationary vehicles- Survey method.” The standard requires a measure of the maximum emitted exhaust Fast, A-weighted sound level between a given engine RPM and an idle condition. In the past, the RPM has required a significant time to measure since it requires connecting a transducer somewhere in the engine compartment. This paper discusses an instrument that extracts the engine RPM from the acoustic signal at the exhaust, based on different engine types. This eliminates the need for a direct connection and considerably speeds vehicle tests.

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