Practical Considerations of Driveline Vibration and Acoustic Test Cell with Case Study of McLaren's Driveline Dynamometers
Test Facilities for Vibrations and Acoustics can be very complicated. With the addition of necessary high power motor dynamometers for load application, the complexity of the test cell increases dramatically. The motors and subsequent additional fixtures and shafts necessary to apply loading conditions can produce additional source noises that would interfere with test measurements. In addition, facility interfaces can dramatically influence the test cell setup and reduce the measurement capabilities. This paper addresses common considerations needed in considering a new test cell for driveline vibration, acoustics, efficiency, and durability testing using motored dynamometers. In addition to outlining common design points, a practical application of 2 new dynamometers utilized for vibration, acoustics, efficiency, and durability testing and their subsequent capabilities are outlined.