A Method to Determine the Power Input Associated with Rain Excitation for SEA Models 2001-01-1625
Statistical Energy Analysis is used to predict the sound pressure level (SPL) in the interior of the vehicle. This is accomplished by knowing the energy sources (tire, engine, wind, etc) affecting the interior as well as the acoustic performance (absorption and transmission loss) of the interior trim components (headliner, door panels, instrument panel, etc). One of the noise sources that has not been seriously examined to-date is panel excitation by precipitation. The excitation of the roof due to raindrops can be a major noise source. Knowing how to properly model this power input would help analyze different headliners or roof treatments to minimize the SPL in the interior cavity. This will involve computational determination of mass, speed, and energy of standard water droplets for one of rain condition. A power spectrum is presented for one rain intensity condition on a test fixture.