1997-05-20

Chassis Dynamometer Simulation of Road Noise 971893

This paper describes experimental methods for simulating and analyzing road noise using an artificial road surface mounted to a chassis dynamometer. The nature of the relationship of road noise to road surface is discussed, including the nature of sound produced by the artificial surface mounted to the dynamometer. A method is described for converting the harmonics usually produced in a chassis rolls test into a continuous spectrum. This method also smoothes statistical fluctuations which arise due to the short length of road simulated. Dynamometer techniques are shown to be particularly effective in separating sound contributions from the front and rear suspension, and in separating contributions due to road surface and the tire tread.

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