Noise Source Identification in an Automotive Powerplant 2003-01-1695
An application involving noise source reconstruction on a full automotive powerplant including the engine, manifolds and the transmission is considered herein, to demonstrate the versatility of modern generalized acoustical holography. The complex source geometry necessitates measurements on non-conforming surfaces. The acoustic pressures were experimentally acquired at three different engine excitations. Accelerometers were mounted at select locations on the powerplant in order to study the accuracy of the reconstructed vibrations from acoustical holography. Through a series of synthetically generated holograms with added random noise, it is conclusively demonstrated that the error margins in the reconstructed vibrations on the powerplant are consistent with errors in reconstructed vibrations from numerically synthesized holograms of a similar Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR).