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Experimental and Analytical Approach for Identification of Driveline Clunk Source & Transfer Path

Driveline clunk is perceived as disturbing metallic noise due to severe impact at driveline components such as gear pairs when the engine torque is suddenly applied and transmitted to the driveline system. In this work, experimental method detecting the most contributive gear pair to the clunk generation was investigated and applied to mini van vehicle of front-engine and rear-wheel-drive. Another experimental method, TPA (Transfer Path Analysis), was employed to identify transfer path of the clunk. And then, driveline clunk model was developed using commercial multi-body-dynamics program, ADAMS, in order to further investigate the critical clunk mechanism and potential clunk reduction solutions by performing parameter study.
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Powertrain-related vehicle sound development

This paper reflects an efficient and comprehensive approach for vehicle sound optimization integrated into the entire development process. It shows the benefits of early consideration of typical vehicle NVH features and of intensive interaction of P/T and vehicle responsibilities. The process presented here considers the typical restriction that acoustically representative prototypes of engines and vehicles are not available simultaneously at the early development phase. For process optimization at this stage, a method for vehicle interior noise estimation is developed, which bases on measurements from the P/T test bench only, while the vehicle transfer behavior for airborne and structure-borne noise is assumed to be similar to a favorable existing vehicle. This method enables to start with the pre- optimization of the pure P/T and its components by focusing on such approaches which are mainly relevant for the vehicle interior noise.