Drive Point Mobility, Transmissibility and Beyond 2011-01-0502
Drive Point Mobility is commonly used in lab tests and structural analysis for the purposes of measuring and evaluating the N&V performance of a dynamic system. Unless the drive point itself is also the point of interest (for responses), the author finds that it can only provide very limited information about the whole system's dynamic / vibrational characteristics. Thus one should always try to measure, analyze, and then improve, instead of Drive Point Mobility alone, the non-drive point mobility or the generalized transmissibility as well, for their structural N&V performance.
A simplified 3-DOF spring/mass/damper system is first used to illustrate the dynamic characters of the system. For more realistic structures, a FE model of the body/floor and (body side) hanger (for exhaust) is used. Then a more complete system model, consisting of a full exhaust, it's hangers/isolators, and part of the vehicle chassis/body/floor structure, is used in this paper to illustrate the above points. The author also challenges the “commonly accepted” (and “overly used”) practice of increasing exhaust hanger rod stiffness for the purpose of the improvement of vehicle level N&V performance.