Masking Perception Analysis Software (MPAS) for Tonal Level Setting in Powertrain NVH 2003-01-1500
Recent trends show a growing demand for improved powertrain NVH and sound quality. In particular, there is little customer acceptance of tonal annoyances under any driving condition. Thus, powertrain NVH and product development engineers have a strong need to confidently determine acceptable noise levels for commodities that produce narrow band noise. Components such as power steering, transmission gears, pumps, engine timing chains, axle gearing, etc., all may produce significant tones under various vehicle conditions. The perception of the tone is highly influenced by its frequency and background noise. Background noise is composed of wind, road, and engine noise.
A methodology and toolset of masking perception algorithms has been developed to meet these needs. The Masking Perception Analysis Software (MPAS) is used to address the development and verification of acceptable powertrain tonal levels as well as the diagnosis of tonal-related issues. This paper presents the MPAS tool and methodology, along with example applications.