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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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Optimal Shape Design of an Air-Conditioner Compressor-Mounting Bracket in a Passenger Car

An air-conditioner compressor-mounting bracket is a structural component of an engine, on which bolts attach an air-conditioner compressor. In this paper, the shape of the air-conditioner compressor-mounting bracket of a passenger car is optimized using a finite element software, and the optimized bracket is manufactured and verified by tests. An objective function for the shape optimization of the bracket is the weight of the bracket. Two design constraints on the bracket are the first resonant frequency of the compressor assembly and the need not to fracture during the workbench durability test. The compressor assembly, which consists of a compressor, a bracket and connection bolts, is modeled using finite elements. The bracket is modeled by solid elements and the swash-plate-type compressor is represented by rigid masses and beam elements in order to consider the elastic effects of the compressor.