The Application of CAE Based Robustness Methodology to Vehicle High Mileage NVH Degradation 960733
High mileage NVH performance is one of the major concerns in vehicle design for long term customer satisfaction. Elastomeric components such as suspension bushings function as vibration isolators in a vehicle. High mileage driving tends to cause the degradation of these components which in turn results in the degradation of vehicle overall NVH performance. The present paper presents the application of CAE based robustness methodology to vehicle high mileage degradation with respect to bushing degradation. A unitized vehicle with suspension strut mounts is selected as the project vehicle. Strut mount degradation characteristics, vehicle CAE model and design of experiment are linked together to achieve vehicle response robustness. The concept and methodology arc demonstrated using a tire input which simulates road excitations as a first step toward the development of a more extensive robustness methodology which will cover other excitation conditions.