Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-36-0574
2008-03-30

Modeling process and validation of Hybrid FE-SEA method to structure-borne noise paths in a trimmed automotive vehicle 2008-36-0574

The Finite Element Method (FEM) and the Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) are standard methods in the automotive industry for the prediction of vibrational and acoustical response of vehicles. However, both methods are not capable of handling the so called “mid frequency problem”, where both short and long wavelength components are present in the same system. A Hybrid method has been recently proposed that rigorously couples SEA and FEM. In this work, the Hybrid FE-SEA method is used to predict interior noise levels in a trimmed full vehicle due to broadband structure-borne excitation from 200Hz to 1000Hz. The process includes the partitioning of the full vehicle into stiff components described with FE and modally dense components described with SEA. It is also demonstrated how detailed local FE models can be used to improve SEA descriptions of car panels and couplings. After review of the Hybrid FE-SEA models of a full vehicle that were built, sample experimental validation results of interior SPL and panel vibration are shown.

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