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Challenges of Hydraulic Engine Mount Development for NVH Refinement

NVH refinement of passenger vehicle is essential to customer acceptance for premium or even mid-size segment passenger cars. Hydraulic engine mount is becoming common for these segments to reduce engine bounce, idle shake and noise transfer to passenger cabin. Modern layout of hydraulic mount with integrated engine-bracket and smaller size insulator has made it cost-effective to use due to reduction of cost gap from conventional elastomeric mounts. However the downsizing and complex internal structure may create some new types of noises in passenger cabin which are very difficult to identify in initial development stage. Main purpose of hydraulic mount is to provide high damping at low-frequency range (6~15 Hz) and to isolate noise transfer from combustion engine to passenger cabin within wide frequency range (15~600 Hz).This paper emphasizes on challenges and problems related to hydraulic mount development.
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A Study of Engine Mount Optimisation of Three-Cylinder Engine through Multi-Body Dynamic Simulation and Its Verification by Vehicle Measurement

Three-cylinder Engine without balancer shaft is a recent trend towards development of lightweight and fuel-efficient powertrain for passenger car. In addition, customer's expectation of superior NVH inside vehicle cabin is increasing day by day. Engine mounts address majority of the NVH issues related to transfer of vibration from engine to passenger cabin. Idle vibration isolation for a three-cylinder engine is a challenging task due to possibility of overlapping of Powertrain's rigid body modes with engine's firing frequency. This Overlapping of rigid body can be avoided either by modifying mount characteristic or by changing the position of mounts based on multi-body-dynamics (MBD) simulation. This paper explains about two types of engine mounting system for a front-wheel drive transversely mounted three-cylinder engine. The base vehicle was having three-point mounting system i.e. all three engine mounts were pre-loaded.
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Design Optimization of Engine Mount De-Coupler for Cabin Noise Refinement in Passenger Vehicle

Quieter cabins are indispensable in today’s evolving automobile industry. The effective isolation of vehicle noise and vibrations are essential to achieve the above. Since, low frequency powertrain induced NVH has been one of the major contributors affecting noise and vibration levels inside the passenger cabin. Thus, use of hydraulic mounts is a natural choice for all major OEMs. The objective of this study is to optimize the design of the hydraulic mount de-coupler unit, to reduce the abnormal noise felt inside the cabin. This condition was observed when the vehicle was driven at 20~30 km/h over undulated road surface, found very often in Indian drive conditions. Due to lack of accuracy and repeatability errors during NVH data acquisition in actual driving condition, the above road profile was captured and subsequently simulated in an acoustically treated BSR (Buzz, Squeak and Rattle) four poster simulator.