Prediction, Validation, and Improvement of Panel Sound Transmission Loss of Agricultural Equipment Cab 2023-01-1111
A typical cab used on agriculture machines is made up of a metal frame structure with large enclosing panels of glass, plastic and metal. Acoustic treatments such as coatings, textiles and foams are used within the cab for aesthetics but also to mediate undesired noise. To develop effective designs for the cab to combat noise, accurate tools for measurement, and predictive methods for sound transmission loss are needed.
This paper focuses on Sound Transmission Loss (STL) of the rear upper panel of a cab used in agriculture machines. Results from CAE based tools such as Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Hybrid FE-SEA methods are compared to measurements. The panel studied included features such as curvature, deep drawn beads with a glass window and a damping coating. The simulation results are refined by incorporating methods for accurate modeling of bead stiffness, curvature effect and radiation efficiency by synthetic modal approach. The STL predicted by this improved model correlate well with the data from test. This modeling methodology is further used to model various panels and build SEA model of the complete cab.