CAE Analysis and Auralization of Driveline Clunk NVH 2021-01-1067
Noise and vibration evaluation of driveline clunk can be challenging as it is the result of driver input conditions and is transient in nature. As with many noise and vibration challenges, the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation is useful as it allows for detailed study of the phenomenon and prediction of potential improvements. A hybrid approach of physical test-based measurements and CAE analysis can be used to leverage the advantages of CAE in a comprehensive evaluation including the total vehicle noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) performance. In this paper we present work performed to facilitate engineering evaluations of driveline clunk using both measured test and CAE simulation data. We explain how we used measured test data to inform the CAE analysis, how the simulation approached modelling of the transient clunk event, and how the measured data was used to provide contextual sound for realistic evaluation of the CAE output as heard by the passengers. The ability to listen to the simulated clunk in the context of the remainder of the vehicle NVH provides a direct link to evaluation of correlation between CAE and test results, as well as judgement of subjective performance and gap-to-target levels.