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Signal Processing Parameters for Estimation of the Diesel Engine Combustion Signature

2011-05-17
2011-01-1649
Research into the estimation of diesel engine combustion metrics via non-intrusive means, typically referred to as “remote combustion sensing” has become an increasingly active area of combustion research. Success in accurately estimating combustion metrics with low-cost non-intrusive transducers has been proven and documented by multiple sources on small scale diesel engines (2-4 cylinders, maximum outputs of 67 Kw, 210 N-m). This paper investigates the application of remote combustion sensing technology to a larger displacement inline 6-cylinder diesel with substantially higher power output (280 kW, 1645 N-m) than previously explored. An in-depth frequency analysis has been performed with the goal of optimizing the estimated combustion signature which has been computed based upon the direct relationship between the combustion event measured via a pressure transducer, and block vibration measured via accelerometers.
Technical Paper

Acoustic Test Facility Capabilities at Gulfstream Aerospace

2011-05-17
2011-01-1647
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (GAC) owns and operates an Acoustic Test Facility (ATF) in Savannah, GA. The ATF consists of a Reverberation Chamber, Hemi-Anechoic Chamber, and a Control Room. Types of testing conducted in the ATF include Transmission Loss, Sound Power, and Vibration testing. In addition to accommodating typical types of acoustic testing, the ATF has some unique capabilities. The ATF can be used to conduct testing at cold temperatures representative of up to 45,000 ft flight altitude, while simultaneously taking Transmission Loss measurements of the chilled test sample. Additionally, the ATF has the capability of conducting Transmission Loss testing of a full mockup of the aircraft sidewall, including a section of fuselage, all the thermal/acoustic materials up to and including the interior decorative panel. A sound source capable of very high amplitudes at high frequencies is required to obtain good measurements from testing multiple wall systems such as this.
Technical Paper

Automated Identification of NVH- Phenomena in Vehicles

2011-05-17
2011-01-1656
The NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) behavior of modern vehicles becomes more and more important - especially in terms of new powertrain concepts, like in hybrid electric or full electric vehicles. There are many tools and methods to develop and optimize the NVH behavior of modern vehicles. At the end of the development process, subjective ratings from road tests are very important. For objective analyses, different approaches based on artificial neural networks exist. One example is the AVL-DRIVE™ system, a driveability analysis and benchmarking system which allows, based on a very small set of sensors, an adequate objective rating of the vehicle's driveability. The system automatically detects driving maneuvers and rates the driveability. This article presents a method which is able not only to rate different maneuvers and the behavior of the vehicle but also to detect phenomena and causes in the domain of NVH.
Technical Paper

Comparisons of Global Drive-By Noise Regulations and Levels for Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks

2011-05-17
2011-01-1612
As North American truck manufactures have entered the global market it has become apparent that there are widely varying drive-by noise regulations required in various areas of the world. This paper will describe differences between various test procedures, track layouts, and required levels. Data will be presented showing vehicle results from various procedures, used to quantify differences in noise levels between a range of procedures. Countries were ranked from least restrictive to most restrictive based on test procedures and legal market requirements.
Technical Paper

Drive by Noise System and Corresponding Facility Upgrades for Test Efficiency, Data Quality and Customer Satisfaction

2011-05-17
2011-01-1611
An existing pass by noise data acquisition system was upgraded to provide the sophisticated data analysis techniques and test site efficiency required to comply with the current and future drive by noise regulations. Use of six sigma tool such as voice of the customer helped in defining the customer requirements which were then translated into the desired engineering characteristics using QFD. Pugh concept matrix narrowed down the best option suitable for the test site modifications taking into account the critical constraints such as test complexity, system cost & transparency to the existing drive by noise setup. Features of the new system include data telemetry, frequency analysis, portability and efficient data management through the use of advanced data acquisition system. Wireless mode of the data transmission helped significantly avoid most of the test site modifications, which in turn helped to reduce the overall system implementation cost.
Journal Article

Development of the J2825 On-Highway Motorcycle Sound Test Procedure

2011-05-17
2011-01-1614
In response to a growing need for a practical and technically valid method for measuring exhaust sound pressure levels (SPL) of on-highway motorcycles, the SAE Motorcycle Technical Steering Committee has developed Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice J28251, “Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles,” which includes a new stationary sound test procedure and recommendations for limit values. Key goals of the development process included: minimal equipment requirements, ease of implementation by non-technical personnel, and consistency with the federal EPA requirements; in particular, vehicles compliant with the EPA requirements should not fail when assessed using J2825. Development of the recommended practice involved a comprehensive field study of 25 motorcycles and 76 different exhaust systems, ranging from relatively quiet OEM systems to unbaffled, aftermarket exhaust systems.
Journal Article

Contributors to Lower Frequency Pass-by Noise Levels under Cruise Conditions

2011-05-17
2011-01-1613
With increasing use of the constant speed pass-by conditions to capture the noise generated by this portion of the vehicle operating cycle, knowledge of the contributing sources of noise was become increasingly important. For frequencies above 400 Hz, the noise is dominated by tire/pavement noise as can be demonstrated by comparing on-board sound intensity (OBSI) measurements to constant speed pass-by noise levels. At lower frequencies, direct on-board measurements become more difficult as the tire/pavement noise source strength decreases with decreasing frequency and microphone induced wind noise increases. To investigate the contribution of sources at these lower frequencies, cruise and coast pass-by measurements were made for a number of different pavement types and two different tire designs at test speeds of 56, 72, and 97 km/h over a frequency range from 50 to 10,000 Hz. OBSI measurements were also conducted for these same conditions.
Technical Paper

Vehicle Pass-by Noise Estimations for Component-Level Design

2011-05-17
2011-01-1608
Design parameters for automotive components can be highly affected by the requirements imposed for vehicle pass-by compliance. The key systems affecting pass-by performance generally include the engine, tires, intake system, and exhaust system. The development of these systems is often reliant on the availability of prototype hardware for physical testing on a pass-by course, which can lead to long and potentially costly development cycles. These development cycles can benefit significantly from the ability to utilize analytical data to guide development of component-level design parameters related to pass-by noise. To achieve this goal, test and analysis methods were developed to estimate the vehicle-level pass-by performance from component level data, both from physical and/or analytical sources. The result allows for the estimation of the overall vehicle-level pass-by noise along with the contributions to the total and dominant frequency content from each of the key noise sources.
Technical Paper

Synthesis of Drive-by Noise Based on Numerically Evaluated Source-Receiver Transfer Functions Employing the FMBEM

2011-05-17
2011-01-1610
Prediction of the drive-by noise level in the early design stage of an automotive vehicle is feasible if the source signatures and source-receiver transfer functions may be determined from simulations based on the available CAD/CAE models. This paper reports on the performance of a drive-by noise synthesis procedure in which the transfer functions are numerically evaluated by employing the Fast Multipole Boundary Element Method (FMBEM). The proposed synthesis procedure first computes the steady-state receiver contributions of the sources as appearing from a number of vehicle positions along the drive path. In a second step, these contributions are then combined into a single transient signal from a moving vehicle for each source-receiver pair by means of a travel time correction.
Technical Paper

Time-Domain Source Contribution Analysis Method for In-Room Pass-By Noise

2011-05-17
2011-01-1609
This paper presents a new time-domain source contribution analysis method for in-room pass-by noise. The core of the method is a frequency-domain ASQ model (Airborne Source Quantification) representing each noise generating component (engine, exhaust, left and right tyres, etc.) by a number of acoustic sources. The ASQ model requires the measurement of local FRF's and acoustic noise transfer functions to identify the operational loads from nearby pressure indicator responses and propagate the loads to the various target microphones on the sides of the vehicle. Once a good ASQ model is obtained, FIR filters are constructed, allowing a time-domain synthesis of the various source contributions to each target microphone. The synthesized target response signals are finally recombined into a pass-by sound by taking into account the speed profile of the vehicle.
Technical Paper

Acoustical Performance of Baffle Design Options for Water Management

2011-05-17
2011-01-1622
Expandable cavity sealers have become a critical component of the overall acoustic package that contributes to the documented noise reduction in passenger car applications over the course of the last twenty years. They encompass a variety of technologies, some of which are delivered into the supply chain as bulk materials and others which are highly engineered parts and assemblies. As the market for smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles continues to expand, design architectures of the base vehicle platforms are evolving to include body designs with smaller spaces between adjacent layers of sheet metal. As this space, or cavity, between the adjacent layers of sheet metal is shrinking, the complexity of components that must be integrated into the space between these layers of steel is increasing. Complex arrays of airbags, corresponding wire harnesses, and water management tools are now standard requirements in the design process.
Technical Paper

Design of a Quiet Inlet for a 6×6 Boundary Layer Flow Duct

2011-05-17
2011-01-1617
The turbulent boundary layer (TBL) that forms on the outer skin of the aircraft in flight is a significant source of interior noise. However, the existing quiet test facilities capable of measuring the TBL wall pressure fluctuations tend to be at low Mach numbers. The objective of this study was to develop a new inlet for an existing six inch square (or 6×6) flow duct that would be adequately free from facility noise to study the TBL wall pressure fluctuations at higher, subsonic Mach numbers. First, the existing flow duct setup was used to measure the TBL wall pressure fluctuations. Then the modified inlet was successfully used to make similar measurements up to Mach number of 0.6. These measurements will be used in the future to validate wall pressure spectrum models for interior noise analysis programs such as statistical energy analysis (SEA) and dynamic energy analysis (DEA).
Technical Paper

Measurement of Exterior Surface Pressures and Interior Cabin Noise in Response to Vehicle Form Changes

2011-05-17
2011-01-1618
Automotive manufactures demand early assessment of vehicle form design against wind noise attribute to eliminate any engineering waste induced by late design changes. To achieve such an assessment, it is necessary to determine a measurable quantity which is able to represent vehicle form changes, and to understand the relationship between the quantity and vehicle interior cabin noise. This paper reports experimental measurements of vehicle exterior surface pressure and the interior cabin noise level in response to the change of exterior rear view mirror shape. Measurements show that exterior surface pressure on vehicle greenhouse panel is a primary factor of wind noise load to the interior cabin noise; they can be used in preliminary wind noise ranking. Care should be taken when using them in ranking vehicle form wind noise performance. It has been observed that a change in surface pressure on the front side window does not necessarily lead to a change in the interior cabin noise.
Technical Paper

Production Integration of Active Noise Control Systems in Working Locomotives - Challenges and Benefits

2011-05-17
2011-01-1640
Active noise control (ANC) has been established as an effective way of addressing low frequency tonal noise in a weight-effective manner. The noise signature of a diesel locomotive cabin suggests that it is a good candidate for ANC. While often true, the production integration of ANC in a working locomotive has challenges extending well beyond laboratory demonstrations. This paper describes an ANC product developed as an aftermarket treatment for a particular model of fleet locomotive including locomotive passive treatment needs, control methods motivated by cabin acoustics, space and safety requirements, as well as logistical demands for testing and deployment.
Technical Paper

Simulation of Noise Reduction in Passenger Trains Using Metal Foams

2011-05-17
2011-01-1637
One of important problems in railway transportation systems is control of noise and vibration. Metal foams are very good medias for absorbing noise. So in this paper, noise of motion of a train is simulated by MATLAB software and the reduction of noise level in a compartment of passenger car that is equipped by metal foam sheets is considered. Commonly, the sound absorption coefficients are obtained experimentally and they are available in datasheets and references. The different parameters that influence on the capability of this equipment were considered. For example the microstructure, thickness, magnitude of compaction, relative density and etc of metal foam is effective parameters. High porosity has good effect on the performance of absorber sheet. By increasing of compaction ratio, in frequency domain we will have enhancing of absorption of the noise. Compaction process is done by two different ways: one is direct and else is progressively.
Technical Paper

Noise Benchmarking of the Detroit Diesel DD15 Engine

2011-05-17
2011-01-1566
Several new or significantly upgraded heavy duty truck engines are being introduced in the North American market. One important aspect of these new or revised engines is their noise characteristics. This paper describes the noise related characteristics of the new DD15 engine, and compares them to other competitive heavy truck engines. DD15 engine features relevant to noise include a rear gear train, isolated oil pan and valve cover, and an amplified high pressure common rail fuel system. The transition between non-amplified and amplified common rail operation is shown to have a significant noise impact, not unlike the transition between pilot injection and single shot injection in some other engines.
Technical Paper

Finite Element Analysis of Light Vehicle Cab's Hydraulic Mount Based on Fluid-Structure Interaction Method

2011-05-17
2011-01-1604
Hyperelastic model constants of rubber material are predicted based on test date. The fluid-structure interaction model of light vehicle cab's hydraulic mount is established. Static characteristics of the hydraulic mount are analyzed by quasi-static method. In dynamic characteristics analysis, the flow model of fluid is set to turbulent K-Epsilon RNG. The dynamic stiffness and loss angle of the hydraulic mount are presented via the finite element model. The simulations of static and dynamic characteristics agree well with corresponding test results. The effects of main structure parameters to the dynamic characteristics of the hydraulic mount are analyzed based on the finite element model.
Technical Paper

Design/Testing of Vibration Isolators for Reaction Wheel of Satellite based on Transmission Force Characterization

2011-05-17
2011-01-1605
Reaction wheels are used to control the attitude of a satellite in space in an almost static manner. Excitation forces at high frequencies as well, however, due to unbalance or bearing faults, can be transmitted to the satellite structure and work badly against missions of the satellite. Hence, counteractions such as vibration isolators are often employed in practice. In this paper, procedures are presented to design and test rubber vibration isolators based on characteristics of the transmission forces without isolators obtained from a previous study. First, a system consisting of reaction wheel, bearing, rigid cover and isolators was modeled with 11 degrees of freedom. Second, stiffness and damping of the isolators were designed such that the forces transmitted onto the satellite structure might satisfy given criteria. Finally, an actual isolation system fabricated using a rubber was tested to check the transmission forces.
Technical Paper

Derivation of the Force Interaction within Strongly Coupled Systems - Application to Diesel Engine Oil Pumps

2011-05-17
2011-01-1531
Due to the increasing focus on noise and vibration for future vehicles, there is a need for a clear definition of the requirements between vehicle manufacturers and auxiliary suppliers. Auxiliary characterisations are also needed as input for structure-borne numerical prediction models. Strongly coupled systems are amongst the most difficult structure-borne noise issues, as the transmitted forces and powers are strongly dependent upon the mobilities of both the vibration source and receiver. The so-called “blocked forces” can be used as intrinsic source descriptions. The challenge is then to design auxiliary test benches perfectly rigid in the frequency range of interest. The current paper is based on the French research program MACOVAM dedicated to the vibro-acoustic characterisation of oil pumps for truck engines. An original test bench was designed to measure quasi-blocked forces over the [150 Hz-2800 Hz] frequency range.
Technical Paper

NVH Considerations for Zero Emissions Vehicle Driveline Design

2011-05-17
2011-01-1545
In response to environmental and fossil fuel usage concerns, the automotive industry will gradually move from Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) which includes a shift of internal combustion engines toward Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV). Refinement is an important aspect in the successful adoption of any new technology and ZEV brings its own NVH challenges owing to the unique dynamic characteristics of the powertrain and driveline system. This paper presents considerations for addressing dynamic driveline NVH issues that are common to 100% electric vehicles; issues that manifest themselves as groans, rattles and clunks. A dynamic torsional analytical model of the powertrain & driveline will be presented. The analytical model served as the baseline for an extensive parametric study using the Genetic Algorithm (GA) technique, whereby the effectiveness of practical countermeasures was investigated.
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