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Reducing Background Noise Levels in Plant SQ Test Booths

As customer awareness of product sound grows, the need exists to ensure that product sound quality is maintained in the manufacturing process. To this end in-process controls that employ a variety of traditional acoustical and alternate sound quality metrics are utilized, usually partly or wholly housed in a test enclosure. Often times these test cells are required to attenuate the background noise in the manufacturing facility so that the device under test can be accurately assessed. While design guidelines exist the mere size and cost of such booths make an iterative build and test approach costly in terms of materials as well as engineering and testing time. In order to expedite the design process and minimize the number of confirmation prototypes, SEA can be utilized to predict the transmission loss based upon material selection and booth construction techniques.
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A Study of NVH Vehicle Testing Variability

At certain key stages in the vehicle development process, prototype vehicles are available for NVH testing. This testing fulfills two functions: primarily it is used to assess the status of the vehicle to the program NVH performance targets, but it also provides an opportunity to validate the vehicle SEA model. These single vehicle test events provide a snapshot of the NVH performance but do not provide any understanding of the variability of the NVH performance, which is due to many factors: components, build or assembly and test setup variability. SEA models can be used to estimate the vehicle level variability, if the variability of the interior components is understood, but there is limited data available to confirm the accuracy of these predictions. In this paper we examine the repeatability and reproducibility through a standard gage R&R study of Engine Noise Reduction (engine NR) and Tire NR testing.
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2005 Ford GT Magnesium Instrument Panel Cross Car Beam

Ford GT 2005 vehicle was designed for performance, timing, cost, and styling to preserve Ford GT40 vintage look. In this vehicle program, many advanced manufacturing processes and light materials were deployed including aluminum and magnesium. This paper briefly explains one unique design concept for a Ford GT instrument panel comprised of a structural magnesium cross-car beam and other components, i.e. radio box and console top, which is believed to be the industry's first structural I/P from vehicle crash load and path perspectives. The magnesium I/P design criteria include magnesium casting properties, cost, corrosion protection, crashworthiness assessments, noise vibration harshness performance, and durability. Magnesium die casting requirements include high pressure die cast process with low casting porosity and sound quality, casting dimensional stability, corrosion protection and coating strategy, joining and assembly constraints.
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2005 Ford GT - Interior Trim & Electrical

Driven by a tight vehicle development schedule and unique performance and styling goals for the new Ford GT, a Ford-Lear team delivered a complete interior and electrical package in just 12 months. The team used new materials, processes and suppliers, and produced what may be the industry's first structural instrument panel.
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2005 Ford GT Electrical & Electronics

The Ford GT Program Team was allocated just 22 months from concept to production to complete the Electrical and Electronics systems of the Ford GT. This reduced vehicle program timing - unlike any other in Ford's history -- demanded that the team streamline the standard development process, which is typically 54 months. This aggressive schedule allowed only 12 weeks to design the entire electrical and electronic system architecture, route the wire harnesses, package the components, and manufacture and/or procure all components necessary for the first three-vehicle prototype build.
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The Use of Subjective Jury Evaluations for Interior Acoustic Packaging

Unweighted dB, dB(A), and Articulation Index do not always accurately identify the sound quality of vehicle interior noise. This paper attempts to determine the relevance of sound quality in interior automotive acoustics. Traditionally, overall dB(A) levels have been the driving factor, along with cost, in selecting an interior automotive acoustic package. In this paper, we make use of subjective jury evaluations to compare perceptions of various interior acoustic packages and compare these results to objective values. These values include, but are not restricted to, dB, dB(A), and Articulation Index. Considerations are made as to whether differences between packages can be perceived by customers. This paper also attempts to show that subjective evaluations can differ with the standard metrics used to select acoustic packages and describe why such evaluations might be important in acoustic package selection.
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The Use of in Vehicle STL Testing to Correlate Subsystem Level SEA Models

For the assessment of vehicle acoustics in the early design stages of a vehicle program, the use of full vehicle SEA models is becoming the standard analysis method in the US automotive industry. One benefit is that OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers are able to cascade lower level acoustic performance targets for NVH systems and components. Detailed SEA system level models can be used to assess the performance of systems such as dash panels, floors and doors, however, the results will be questionable until test data Is available. Correlation can be accomplished with buck testing, which is a common practice in the automotive industry for assessing the STL (sound transmission loss) of vehicle level components. The opportunity to conduct buck testing can be limited by the availability of representative bodies to be cut into bucks and the availability of a transmission loss suite with a suitably large opening.
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Development of a Luxury Vehicle Acoustic Package using SEA Full Vehicle Model

Interior noise has become a significant performance attribute in modern passenger vehicles and this is extremely important in the luxury market segment where a quiet interior is the price of entry. With the elimination of early prototype vehicles to reduce development costs, high frequency analytical SEA models are used to design the vehicle sound package to meet targets for interior noise quality. This function is important before representative NVH prototypes are available, and later to support parameter variation investigations that would be cost prohibitive in a hardware test. This paper presents the application of an analytical full vehicle SEA model for the development of the acoustic package of a cross over luxury utility vehicle. The development concerns addressed were airborne powertrain noise and road noise. Power flow analysis was used to identify the major noise paths to the interior of the vehicle.
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SAE Recommended Formats for Presenting Acoustical Data

Automobile manufacturers recently requested the help of the SAE Acoustical Materials Committee to develop standard data formats that could be used by suppliers to present data on NVH products. An SAE task force with representatives from material suppliers and from OEMs chose formats covering a broad range of acoustical tests commonly conducted in the automotive industry. These formats cover both material and vehicle tests. They include details on samples and test conditions and graphs with preferred axes and data ranges. SAE recommended practice J2629 will be issued that describes the use of these preferred formats for acoustical data. The automobile manufacturers have requested that all suppliers of NVH products use these formats to present results from this point onward.
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Package Tray Optimization Using Experimental and Analytical Techniques

The area in the neighborhood of the package tray can be a significant path for road noise and exhaust noise. Air extraction routes and loudspeakers add to the difficulty of effective system design. A variety of designs were prototyped and their transmission loss measured in a standard SAE J1400 sound transmission loss suite. The performance of the various designs was compared to an untrimmed piece of sheet metal with embedded air extraction holes. The addition of trim added from 1 dB to 14 dB to the transmission loss. Statistical energy analysis (SEA) models of a variety of package tray systems will also be shown. Both of these techniques can provide design guidance at an early stage of vehicle program development.
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The Development of a Sound Quality-Based End-of-Line Inspection System for Powered Seat Adjusters

In recent years, the perceived quality of powered seat adjusters based on their sound during operation has become a primary concern for vehicle and seat manufacturers. Historical noise targets based on overall dB(A) at the occupant's ear have consistently proved inadequate as a measure of the sound quality of a seat adjuster. Significant effort has been devoted to develop alternative sound quality metrics that can truly discriminate between “good” and “bad” seat adjusters. These new metrics have been successfully applied for some years by product development engineers in test labs. However, in the assembly plant the sound quality of the seat adjuster is still assessed subjectively by an operator at the end of the assembly line. The main problem with this approach is not only the lack of consistency and repeatability across large samples of seat tracks, but also the fact that the only feedback provided from the end-of-line to the product development team is of subjective nature.
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Recovery of Selected Engineering Plastics from Automotive Shredder Residue Using Skin Flotation Technology

Recovery of metals from automobile shredder residue (ASR) is currently being applied to over 11 million end of life vehicles (ELV) in North America. However, most plastics from these vehicles become landfill. The Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP), an effort of Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, as part of the USCAR initiative, has been conducting research to recover plastics from this ASR feed stream. The VRP has been working with Recovery Plastics International (RPI), to investigate automated plastic separations. RPI has been developing processes that would allow for fully automated recovery of target engineering plastics. The portion of the process developed for separating the engineering plastics is called skin flotation. This technology can separate engineering plastics even if the materials have the exact same density. A pilot production line has been set up for processing a variety of commercial ASR materials at RPI in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA).
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Creating a Biofidelic Seating Surrogate

In order to more accurately simulate the load distributions and histories experienced by automotive seats in field use, more biofidelic motion and loading devices are needed. A new test dummy was developed by Lear Corporation and First Technology Safety Systems. This dummy uses exact skeletal geometry encased in a one-piece seamless mold with contours based on ASPECT data. A prototype was constructed and tested to demonstrate the efficacy of the concept. The skeleton and contour molds were created from CAD-generated rapid prototypes. The flesh was carefully formulated to have the mechanical properties of bulk muscular tissue in a state of moderate contraction, using data from the literature. This design allows much greater accuracy in reproducing human loads than was ever possible previously. The design has applications in durability, vibration and comfort testing.
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Creating the Next Generation Ingress/Egress Robot

In order to more accurately simulate the load distributions and histories experienced by automotive seats in field use, more biofidelic motion and loading devices are needed. Lear and KUKA have developed a system capable of controlling the coordinated motions of a pelvis, thighs and torso dummy in order to mimic human motions. The system takes kinematic data collected from human trials and converts them directly to a robot program. Additionally, simultaneous measures of human loading using pressure distribution mats can be obtained, and these measures are used as the basis for teaching the robot to correct the kinematic data using a neural net learning algorithm. The robot has direct and indirect load feedback integration that allows the load to be precisely maintained throughout the duration of a cycle test.
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OneStep™ Liftgate

Lear Corporation has developed a new OneStep™ Liftgate trim module. The panel consists of all mechanical components and a trim cover assembled into one module. This structural liftgate uses the trim substrate and a “beam” as the common attachment point for all liftgate hardware. The assembly includes all of the liftgate components mounted to the back of the interior trim panel.
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Validation of Wireless Power Transfer up to 11kW Based on SAE J2954 with Bench and Vehicle Testing

Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) promises automated and highly efficient charging of electric and plug-in-hybrid vehicles. As commercial development proceeds forward, the technical challenges of efficiency, interoperability, interference and safety are a primary focus for this industry. The SAE Vehicle Wireless Power and Alignment Taskforce published the Recommended Practice J2954 to help harmonize the first phase of high-power WPT technology development. SAE J2954 uses a performance-based approach to standardizing WPT by specifying ground and vehicle assembly coils to be used in a test stand (per Z-class) to validate performance, interoperability and safety. The main goal of this SAE J2954 bench testing campaign was to prove interoperability between WPT systems utilizing different coil magnetic topologies. This type of testing had not been done before on such a scale with real automaker and supplier systems.