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A Study on the Optimization of Body Structure for Rattle Noise by Exciting Woofer Speakers

With the recent development of technologies for interpreting vibration and noise of vehicles, it has become possible for carmakers to reduce idle vibration and driving noise in the phase of preceding development. Thus, the issue of noise generation is drawing keen attention from production of prototype car through mass-production development. J. D. Power has surveyed the levels of customer satisfaction with all vehicles sold in the U.S. market and released the Initial Quality Study (IQS) index. As a growing number of emotional quality-related items are added to the IQS evaluation index, it is necessary to secure a sufficiently high quality level of low-frequency speaker sound against rattle noise. It is required to make a preceding review on the package tray panel, which is located at the bottom of the rear glass where the woofer speakers of a passenger sedan are installed, the door module panel in which the door speakers are built.
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A Study on Optimum Design for Thin Walled Beam Structures of Vehicles

In this paper, an optimization technique for thin walled beams of vehicle body structure is proposed. Stiffness of thin walled beam structure is characterized by the thickness and typical section shape of the beam structure. Approximate functions for the section properties such as area, area moment of inertia, and torsional constant are derived by using the response surface method. The approximate functions can be used for the optimal design of the vehicle body that consists of complicated thin walled beams. A passenger car body structure is optimized to demonstrate the proposed technique.
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Booming Noise Analysis in a Passenger Car Using a Hybrid-Integrated Approach

A hybrid-integrated approach is presented to analyze the structure-borne booming noise in a passenger car. We identify the critical noise transfer path from the engine to the target by the transfer path analysis. However, it does not give the answer for why the noise transfer function is so high at that path. Therefore, an integrated approach which applies the analysis tools systematically is presented. The running mode analysis gives us the operating motion of each component in the body structure. However, there is no evidence that the components that vibrate severely are the sources of this problem. The modal characteristics from the structural modal test enable us to describe the real motion of the body completely in terms of the structural modes. Similarly, the acoustic modal characteristics from the acoustic modal analysis describe the fundamental behavior of the cabin cavity.