A Statistical Energy Analysis of Lightweight Materials for Engine Noise Control 2009-36-0251
In the last decades, there has been an increasing demand for vehicle noise control and, at the same time, fuel economy has become critical for the automotive industry. Therefore, a precise balance between performance and mass of sound package components is essential. In this work the original dash insulation system of an automotive vehicle was replaced by a lightweight alternative. The methodology of Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) was employed to design multilayered fibrous constructions for engine noise control. The results were verified through experimental testing and supported the achievement of vehicle requirements regarding comfort, weight and environment.