1997-05-20

Measurement of the Rotational Vibrations of RWD Output Shafts and Characterization of the Resulting Effect on Passenger Perceived Noise 972031

In rear wheel drive vehicles, passenger perceived tonal noise is often generated by high frequency rotational vibrations of the transmission output shaft. This rotational vibration is excited by the transmission and couples with the dynamic and inertial properties of the driveline and suspension to generate forces through the suspension attachment locations. This paper demonstrates an approach which uses experimental techniques to measure the rotational dynamics of the output shaft and noise path analysis procedures to predict the vehicle system interaction and resulting vehicle noise contribution from this path. An evaluation of three rotational data acquisition techniques, a measurement technique used to characterize a vehicle's torsional acoustic sensitivity, and an application of mobility coupling to the torsional noise path is presented.

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