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The Thought and Reasoning Behind Developing SAE J1637 - Vibration Damping Test Method

The paper discusses the importance of a well documented standardized laboratory test procedure to evaluate damping material performance for the automotive industry, and to understand the parameters that influence the precision of the test method. The standard outlines a methodology which was developed with the general consensus of automotive engineers, suppliers, and independent test laboratories. The methodology is based on the Oberst bar test method where a damping material is bonded to a specific size steel bar and the system is excited at its various modes of vibration under a cantilevered configuration. The damping performance is expressed in terms of composite loss factor, ηc, within the frequency range of approximately 100 Hz to 1000 Hz, and over the useful range of temperatures for the given application.
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Rationale for a Standardized Vibration Damping Test Procedure for Automotive Applications

This paper discusses the importance of having an industry-wide standardized laboratory test procedure for proper evaluation of vibration damping materials, and for consistency between damping tests conducted by different test facilities. Several different vibration damping test procedures that are presently used in the automotive industry are briefly discussed. However, a test method that has been selected for a new proposed SAE Recommended Practice based on exciting a beam at various modes of vibration and at different temperatures is discussed here. The relative superiority of this test method over other methods, the importance of selecting the most appropriate beam size, and how the damping performance should be measured for consistency and clarity are emphasized. A round-robin test was conducted to determine the variability of the test procedure. Factors considered were type of damping material, bar mounting, and differences between laboratory instrumentation.
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A Tool for Predicting Interior Sound Package Treatment in a Truck

This paper discusses an analytical tool that has been developed to predict what types of interior sound package treatments may be necessary in a truck cab to meet a predetermined target sound level at the driver location. The steps that were taken to develop this tool involved a combination of experimental measurement and analytical based studies. Measurements were conducted to identify the acoustic strengths of the major noise paths through which sound travels from outside to inside the truck. These findings were then used to develop a sound package that reduced the vehicle interior noise to meet the target. Measurements were primarily made on a chassis roll dynamometer with final road verification to substantiate the dynamometer data. Data obtained from these measurements were also used in the analytical model that predicts the impact of various acoustics parts in the vehicle, and has the capability to optimize the sound package treatment in the vehicle.