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Technical Paper

A Test Technology of a Vehicle Driveline Test Bench with Electric Drive Dynamometer for Dynamic Emulation

This paper discusses the development of engine and vehicle model for performing dynamic emulation experiments on vehicle transmissions. In order to reduce costs and shorten new vehicle development cycle time, vehicle simulation on the driveline test bench is an attractive alternative at the development phase to reduce the quantity of proto vehicles. This test method moves the test site from the road to the bench without the need for real chassis parts. Dynamic emulation of mechanical loads is a Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) procedure, which can be used as a supplement of the conventional simulations in testing of the operation of algorithms without the need for the prototypes. The combustion engine is replaced by an electric drive dynamometer, which replicates the torque and speed signature of an actual engine. The road load resistance of the vehicle on a real test road is accurately simulated on Load dynamometer.
Journal Article

Psychoacoustic Analysis of Gear Noise with Gear Faults

Gear drives are widely used in the transmission of many types of vehicles and various gear faults were reported to have different effects on the performance of transmission systems. The psychoacoustics metrics, which are used to represent the human hearing property, are objective indicators of product sound quality performance. Therefore, psychoacoustic analysis of gear noise with gear faults needs to be conducted. In this paper, different types of gear faults are summarized, and two of them, including wear and misalignment, are studied separately in the psychoacoustic analysis of the synthesized noise signal of an example gearbox. The gear noise spectra for the cases with different gear faults are synthesized based on the findings of previous publications, where it shows that the two gear faults can either increase the amplitude at the harmonics of the gear mesh frequency or cause the sideband responses.
Technical Paper

In-Vehicle Whine Perception based on Psychoacoustics and Some Design Principles

In-vehicle noise is composed of a variety of tonal (frequency-related) components and the tonal components play an important role in the improvement of interior vehicle sound quality. Much research has been focused on the suppression of sound pressure level and achieved certain positive effects. However, in some operating conditions, customers still perceive the tonal components and complain about the vehicle quality even the sound pressure level is relatively low. Therefore, a better understanding of how tonal components are perceived is necessary for automotive designers. To do so, psychoacoustics results about human hearing mechanism to tonal components are comprehensively summed in this study: human hearing response to pure tone, two tones and multiple tones. Then, well-controlled testing stimuli were generated and subjective annoyance testing was conducted. The results show agreement with former researchers' findings.