Analysis of the Sound Field in an Automobile Cabin by using the Boundary Element Method 891153

A method of analyzing the three-dimensional sound field in a full-size automobile cabin was studied. The acoustic resonant frequency and the acoustic mode of the cabin were calculated by using the boundary element method (BEM), and were then compared with an experiment conducted on a full-size cabin model made of plaster. The calculated resonant frequencies agreed with measured ones to within about 3% below 170 Hz, and the calculated modes and frequency response curves were in good agreement with experiments when the cabin wall was rigid. In the case of a wall partially lined with absorbing materials, the calculated resonant frequency and the damping ratio were approximately the same as the experimental ones. From these studies, it is concluded that the BEM is useful for analyzing the sound field in a full-size automobile cabin.


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