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Concept Study on Windshield Actuation for Active Control of Wind Noise in a Passenger Car

The windshield is an integral part of almost every modern passenger car. Combined with current developments in the automotive industry such as electrification and the integration of lightweight material systems, the reduction of interior noise caused by stochastic and transient wind excitation is deemed to be an increasing challenge for future NVH measures. Active control systems have proven to be a viable alternative compared to traditional passive NVH measures in different areas. However, for windshield actuation there are neither comparative studies nor actually established actuation concepts available to the automotive industry. Based upon a numerical simulation of an installed windshield of a medium-sized car, this paper illustrates a conceptual study of both the evaluation of optimal positioning as well as a consideration of different electromechanical activation measures.
Technical Paper

Development, System Integration and Experimental Investigation of an Active HVAC Noise Control System for a Passenger Car

Current developments in the automotive industry such as electrification and consistent lightweight construction increasingly enable the application of active control systems for the further reduction of noise in vehicles. As different stochastic noise sources such as rolling and wind noise as well as noise radiated by the ventilation system are becoming more noticeable and as passive measures for NVH optimization tend to be heavy and construction space intensive, current research activities focus on the active reduction of noise caused by the latter mentioned sources. This paper illustrates the development, implementation and experimental investigation of an active noise control system integrated into the ventilation duct system of a passenger car.
Technical Paper

Development of an Optimized Structure for Meeting Pedestrian Protection Requirements

In recent years, pedestrian protection from passenger car impacts has become an important issue. In this study, a lower stiffener system has been implemented in order to reduce lower leg injuries. This system was developed using finite element analyses and impact testing. Injury criteria including bending angle, shear displacement, and deflection were studied in the analyses. These variables were optimized using a DOE (Design of Experiments) sensitivity analysis.
Journal Article

Improvement of Virtual Vehicle Analysis Efficiency with Optimal Modes Selection in Flexible Multi-Body Dynamics

In the analysis for durability or R&H performance with the full vehicle multibody models, the need for component flexibility is increasing along with demand for more precise full vehicle system. The component elastic deformations are usually expressed by modal superposition from component normal mode analysis with finite element model for reducing model size and simulation time. Although the simulation results of MBD analysis are more accurate according to increasing the number of flexible body and modes, the increasing of flexible components makes worse simulation time and convergence in MBD analysis. Especially, in the MBD analysis including a flexible upper body, in substitution for large number degree of freedom FE model such as trimmed body, it should take a few times longer than the case of rigid upper body This paper proposes the methods of reducing computational cost with adequate mode selections without the loss of simulation accuracy in the flexible MBD.
Technical Paper

A Study on Optimization of the Multi-function Drive Plate for High Performance Engine

The multi-function drive plate used for a high performance engine was developed by optimizing its structure, material and design features. To do so, the investigation of the load characteristics was done in order to increase FEA reliability. DFSS was utilized for optimizing the design features and defining the effect of geometric parameters on the durability. The durability of the optimized drive plate was verified by comparing the FEA and test results with other drive plates which were already verified. Finally, the real powertrain test was done to confirm its durability for a high performance engine.
Technical Paper

Design Optimization Analysis of Body Attachment for NVH Performance Improvements

The ride and noise characteristics of a vehicle is significantly affected by vibration transferred to the body through the chassis mounting points from the engine and suspension. It is known that body attachment stiffness is an important factor of idle noise and road noise for NVH performance improvement. And high stiffness helps to improve the flexibility of bushing rate tuning. This paper presents the procedure of body attachment stiffness analysis, which contains the correlation between experimental test and FEA. It is concluded that the most important factors are panel thickness, section type and mounting area size. This procedure makes it possible to find out the weak points before proto car and to suggest proper design guideline in order to improve the stiffness of body structure.
Technical Paper

A Study on the Characteristics of Vibration in Seat System

The characteristics of vibration in the seat system are presented using the analysis of Finite Element Method (FEM). The Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) performance should be managed from the viewpoint of tactile, acoustic and visual sense. Tactile response is the response of sub-systems, which is induced when the human body contacts steering wheel, footrest and seats. The seat modeling techniques have been developed and correlated with the modal test. The main modes in the seat system were analyzed and these seat modes were used to set the mode map (seat target) at the stage of full vehicle level. The sensitive region on seat mountings was defined through the design sensitivity analysis. Weight down design studies were performed.
Technical Paper

An Application of Magnesium Alloy to Passenger Air Bag Housing

To achieve a mass goal and minimize the bell mouthing phenomenon of Passenger Air Bag Housing which takes place when the air bag is in explosive action and detrimental to the safety of passenger side because excessive canister bell mouthing may distort and crash the top surface of instrument panel, a study on the replacing process of a PAB housing to a different material and process was performed. The explosive action of current steel PAB housing was firstly analized to evaluate the reaction forces transferred through the PAB and find out the adaptable material for replacing process. Due to the properties among the die casting alloys, the AM60B alloy was chosen for our new material for PAB housing. Then, stress analysis by the finite element method was performed for a design modification of magnesium one piece housing.
Technical Paper

A Study on Optimization of the Cross-Section of Door Impact Beam for Weight Reduction

This paper focuses on the optimization of the cross-section of a panel type impact door beam. The key parameters of the cross-section of the beam were artificially changed by using a geometry morphing tool FCM (Fast Concept Modeler), which is plugged in to CATIA. Then, the metamodel of FE (Finite Element) analysis results was created and optimized using LS-OPT. The ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) analysis of results was carried out to find the factor of weight reduction. Finally, a new cross section concept was proposed to overcome the limitation of old structure. The optimization was carried out for the beam with the final cross-section to have 10 % or more reduction in total weight.
Technical Paper

Appropriate Damping Loss Factor of Vehicle Interior Cavity For Valid Application of Statistical Energy Analysis

By using a method of a previous study (SAE 2014-01-2081), sound transmission loss (STL) of vehicle panel structure could be calculated with an FEM model. The FEM model is consisting of the body in white, a hemispehere-shaped exterior cavity, and the interior cavity. The exterior cavity is excited and Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) principle is applied for the calculation of STL of vehicle panel structure. It is known that SEA is a rapid and simple methodology for analyzing the complex vibroacoustic system. However, SEA principle is not always valid and one has to be careful about the physical conditions at which SEA principle is acceptable. In this study, the appropriate damping loss factor of the vehicle interior cavity is studied in the viewpoint of the modal overlap factor of the cavity and the decay per mean free path (DMFP) of the cavity. It is found that DMFP is appropriate between 0.5 ~ 1 dB for applying SEA principle.