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Using the Reciprocal Work Identity to Evaluate the Transmission Loss of Mufflers

2013-05-13
2013-01-1888
Transmission loss (TL) is a good performance measure of mufflers since it represents the muffler's inherent capability of sound attenuation. There are several existing numerical methods, which have been widely used to calculate the TL from numerical simulation results, such as the four-pole and three-point methods. In this paper, a new approach is proposed to evaluate the transmission loss based on the reciprocal work identity. The proposed method does not assume plane wave propagation in the inlet and outlet ducts, and more importantly, does not explicitly apply the anechoic termination impedance at the outlet. As a result, it has the potential of extending TL computation above the plane wave cut-off frequency.
Technical Paper

Using Boundary Element Analysis to Analyze Multi-Component Exhaust Systems

2007-05-15
2007-01-2182
A process for predicting the transmission and insertion losses of multi-component exhaust systems is detailed in this paper. A two-tiered process incorporating boundary element analysis to evaluate multi-component systems is implemented. At the component level, the boundary element method is used to predict the transfer matrix for larger components where plane wave behavior is not expected within the component. The transfer matrix approach is then used to predict insertion loss for built-up systems with interconnecting duct or pipe work. This approach assumes plane wave behavior at the inlet and outlet of each component so it is limited to the low frequency regime. Results are compared with experimental results for HVAC systems.
Journal Article

The Proper Use of Plane Wave Models for Muffler Design

2014-04-01
2014-01-0016
In many industries, muffler and silencer design is primarily accomplished via trial and error. Prototypes are developed and tested, or numerical simulation (finite or boundary element analysis) is used to assess the performance. While these approaches reliably determine the transmission loss, designers often do not understand why their changes improve or degrade the muffler performance. Analyses are time consuming and models cannot be changed without some effort. The intent of the current work is to demonstrate how plane wave muffler models can be used in industry. It is first demonstrated that plane wave models can reliably determine the transmission loss for complicated mufflers below the cutoff frequency. Some tips for developing dependable plane wave models are summarized. Moreover, it is shown that plane wave models used correctly help designers develop intuition and a better understanding of the effect of their design changes.
Journal Article

The Effect of Phase Difference between Inputs on Insertion Loss for a Two-Inlet Muffler

2015-06-15
2015-01-2305
A recently developed superposition approach for determining the insertion loss of a two-inlet muffler is reviewed. To validate the approach, calculated and measured insertion losses are compared for a small engine muffler with two inlets and one outlet. After which, the phasing between the two inputs is varied and the insertion loss is evaluated. Results show that the insertion loss is strongly affected by the phasing between sources at low frequencies while phasing between sources has a lesser impact at high frequencies. At the conclusion of the paper, the theory for applying the superposition approach to transmission loss is reviewed.
Journal Article

The Application of the Vincent Circle to Vibro-Acoustic and Duct Acoustic Problems

2009-05-19
2009-01-2215
Over 30 years ago, A. H. Vincent of Westland Helicopters demonstrated that if a structure is excited harmonically, the response at another position (at a fixed frequency) will trace a circle in the complex plane as a result of a dynamic stiffness modification between two points. As either the real or imaginary part of an introduced dynamic stiffness is varied from minus infinity to plus infinity, the structural or acoustic response on any position will map a circle in the complex plane. This paper reviews the basis for this little known principle for vibro-acoustics problems and illustrates the viability for a cantilevered plate example. The applicability of the method is then considered for strictly acoustic systems like intake and exhaust systems. Specifically, it is shown that the response traces a circle in the complex plane if either the real or imaginary parts of the source or termination impedance are varied from minus to plus infinity.
Technical Paper

Techniques and Problems of Truck Exhaust System Noise Measurement

1977-02-01
770895
Techniques and problems associated with truck exhaust system noise measurement are discussed and typical results presented. Data is presented showing the effects muffler position, exhaust pipe length, tailpipe length, source-receiver phenomena, and exhaust leaks have on radiated exhaust noise.
Journal Article

Practical Considerations when using the Two-Load Method to Determine the Transmission Loss of Mufflers and Silencers

2013-05-13
2013-01-1881
The two-load method is commonly used to determine the transmission loss of a muffler or silencer. Several practical measurement considerations are examined in this paper. First of all, conical adapters are sometimes used to transition between impedance tubes and the muffler. It is demonstrated that the effect of adding the adapter can be quite significant at low frequencies especially if the adapter is short in length. The effect of changing the length of the adapter was examined via measurement and plane wave theory. Secondly, the effect of selecting the reference microphone was examined experimentally. It was found that measurements are improved by selecting a downstream reference. Finally, the effect of using different frequency response function estimation algorithms (H1, H2 and Hv) was compared sans flow. This had little effect on the measurement.
Technical Paper

Particulate and Odor Control in Car Ventilation Systems

1993-03-01
930014
Particulate control in car ventilation systems using electrically-charged synthetic filter media are becoming more popular. Adsorption units and low-temperature catalytic systems have been used to control odors and some chemical contaminants in top-of-the-line automobiles. This is a review analyzing these systems, the contaminants found in vehicle environments, and filtration theory. A detailed discussion of experimental work concentrates on overall and fractional filter efficiency and increase in pressure drop with dust loading of charged and uncharged filter media at high aerosol velocity. SAE fine and two natural polydisperse dusts with particles smaller than 5 and 10 μm were used for testing. The health and comfort of car occupants depend on several factors, including air quality. Currently, several car manufacturers offer filtration systems for car interior air.
Technical Paper

Numerical Simulation of Diesel Particulate Filters in Exhaust Systems

2011-05-17
2011-01-1559
This paper documents a finite element approach to predict the attenuation of muffler and silencer systems that incorporate diesel particulate filters (DPF). Two finite element models were developed. The first is a micro FEM model, where a subset of channels is modeled and transmission matrices are determined in a manner consistent with prior published work by Allam and Åbom. Flow effects are considered at the inlet and outlet to the DPF as well as viscous effects in the channels themselves. The results are then used in a macro FEM model of the exhaust system where the transmission relationship from the micro-model is used to simulate the DPF. The modeling approach was validated experimentally on an example in which the plane wave cutoff frequency was exceeded in the chambers upstream and downstream to the DPF.
Technical Paper

Numerical Modeling of Internal Helmholtz Resonators Created by Punching Small Holes on a Thin-Walled Tube

2019-06-05
2019-01-1486
Helmholtz resonators are normally an afterthought in the design of mufflers to target a very specific low frequency, usually the fundamental firing frequency of the engine. Due to space limitations in a complex muffler design, a resonator may have to be built by punching a few small holes on a thin-walled tube to create a neck passage into a small, enclosed volume outside the tube. The short neck passage created by punching a few small holes on a thin-walled tube can pose a great challenge in numerical modeling, especially when the boundary element method (BEM) is used. In this paper, a few different BEM modeling approaches are compared to one another and to the finite element method (FEM). These include the multi-domain BEM implemented in a substructure BEM framework, modeling both sides of the thin-walled tube and the details of each small hole using the Helmholtz integral equation and the hypersingular integral equation, and modeling just the mid surface of the thin-walled tube.
Journal Article

Numerical Determination of Transfer Impedance for Perforates

2015-06-15
2015-01-2312
A simplified method to model perforated tubes in mufflers is the equivalent transfer impedance approach. Various empirical formulas that consider the porosity, hole diameter, wall thickness, and flow type have been proposed to date. They normally work very well under the conditions that the formulas are intended for. However, there are situations that the empirical formulas may not be able to cover. In this paper, we propose a simple BEM-based numerical procedure to determine the transfer impedance from a small perforate sample, and then send the transfer impedance to the muffler BEM model for analysis purposes. Numerical results are verified in three test cases.
Technical Paper

Methods for Determining Muffler Transmission Loss in Octave Bands

2016-04-05
2016-01-1317
Insertion loss in one-third or octave bands is widely used in industry to assess the performance of large silencers and mufflers. However, there is no standard procedure for determining the transmission loss in one-third or octave bands using measured data or simulation. In this paper, assuming that the source is broadband, three different approaches to convert the narrowband transmission loss data into one-third and octave bands are investigated. Each method is described in detail. To validate the three different approaches, narrowband transmission loss data of a simple expansion chamber and a large bar silencer is converted into one-third and octave bands, and results obtained from the three approaches are demonstrated to agree well with one another.
Technical Paper

Load Effect on Source Impedance Measurement Accuracy

2009-05-19
2009-01-2041
The source in an intake/exhaust system is commonly modeled as a source strength and impedance combination. Both the strength and impedance are normally measured and measurement accuracy depends on selecting an appropriate acoustic load combination. An incident wave decomposition method is proposed which is based on acoustic wave decomposition concepts instead of an electric circuit analogy providing a more straightforward approach to investigating the effect of acoustic load selection. Based on studying wave reflections in the system, the uncertainty for determining source impedance is estimated.
Journal Article

Investigation of the Acoustic Performance of After Treatment Devices

2011-05-17
2011-01-1562
Diesel engines produce harmful exhaust emissions and high exhaust noise levels. One way of mitigating both exhaust emissions and noise is via the use of after treatment devices such as Catalytic Converters (CC), Selective Catalytic Reducers (SCR), Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC), and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). The objective of this investigation is to characterize and simulate the acoustic performance of different types of filters so that maximum benefit can be achieved. A number of after treatment device configurations for trucks were selected and measured. A measurement campaign was conducted to characterize the two-port transfer matrix of these devices. The simulation was performed using the two-port theory where the two-port models are limited to the plane wave range in the filter cavity.
Technical Paper

Exhaust Muffler Design and Analysis Using a Boundary Element Method Based Computer Program

1999-05-17
1999-01-1661
Typical automotive muffler designs contain complex internal components such as extended inlet/outlet tubes, thin baffles with eccentric holes, internal connecting tubes, perforated tubes, perforated baffles, flow plugs and sound-absorbing materials. An accurate performance prediction for highly complicated muffler designs would greatly reduce the effort in fabricating and testing of multiple design iterations for engineers. This paper discusses the use of a component-based computer simulation tool for design and analysis of exhaust mufflers. A comprehensive computer program based on the Direct Mixed-Body Boundary Element Method was developed to predict the transmission loss characteristics of muffler systems. The transmission loss is calculated by an improved four-pole method that does not require solving the boundary element matrix twice at each frequency, and hence, it is a significantly faster approach when compared to the conventional four-pole method.
Technical Paper

Development of a Muffler Insertion Loss Flow Rig

2019-06-05
2019-01-1482
Bench tests are an important step to developing mufflers that perform adequately with acceptable pressure drop. Though the transmission loss of a muffler without flow is relatively simple to obtain using the two-load method, the presence of mean flow modifies the muffler behavior. The development of an insertion loss test rig is detailed. A blower produces the flow, and a silencer quiets the flow. Acoustic excitation is provided by a loudspeaker cluster right before the test muffler. The measurement platform allows for the measurement of flow-induced noise in the muffler. Also, the insertion loss of the muffler can be determined, and this capability was validated by comparison to a one-dimensional plane wave model.
Technical Paper

Development of Motor Vehicle Ventilation System Particulate Air Filters

1996-10-01
962241
The development of a particulate filter for a motor vehicle ventilation system is based on filter performance requirements, vehicle's operational environment, available space, filter media properties, and filter element technology. The design process includes analyses of theoretical and empirical models describing filter media performance and aerosol flow in filter housings and through filter elements. Filter media are carefully selected based upon these models and simplified laboratory tests. The filter element design is evaluated in great detail through a series of laboratory and field experiments. This paper shows the process of cabin filter design, including filter media selection and experimental evaluation. Four recently published ISO and SAE test methods are discussed in detail. One of them, the SAE J1669 test procedure, was used to determine full scale filter element performance characteristics.
Journal Article

Determination of Transmission and Insertion Loss for the General Multi-Inlet Multi-Outlet Case

2016-04-05
2016-01-1310
Prior research on assessing multiple inlet and outlet mufflers is limited, and only recently have researchers begun to consider suitable metrics for multiple inlet and outlet mufflers. In this paper, transmission loss and insertion loss are defined for multiple inlet and outlet mufflers using a superposition method that can be extended to any m-inlet n-outlet muffler. Transmission loss is determined assuming that the sources and terminations are anechoic. On the other hand, insertion loss considers reflections. For both metrics, the amplitude and phase relationship between the sources should be known a priori. This paper explains both metrics, and measurement of transmission and insertion loss are demonstrated for a 2-inlet 2-outlet muffler with good agreement.
Technical Paper

Current Exhaust Systems for Earthmoving Equipment

1974-02-01
740437
This paper discusses the status of exhaust system development for earthmoving equipment. A brief review is made of single-plug and manifold mufflers followed by a discussion of quieter exhaust mufflers with aspirating sections. Possible future trends are suggested including the use of more effective spark arresting, noise silencing, and power tuning sections in increasingly complex muffler designs.
Technical Paper

BEM Modeling of Mufflers with Diesel Particulate Filters and Catalytic Converters

2009-05-19
2009-01-2225
In this paper, the transmission loss (TL) of mufflers with a built-in catalytic converter (CC) and/or a diesel particulate filter (DPF) is predicted using the boundary element method (BEM) by either modeling the CC or DPF as a block of bulk-reacting material or by using the “element-to-element four-pole connection” between two BEM substructures. The four-pole parameters of the CC or DPF can be obtained by a measurement procedure that involves using the two-source method on a test rig with a pair of transition cones followed by a few 1-D four-pole matrix inverse operations to extract the parameters. A 3-D BEM based optimization may be further applied to fine-tune the extracted four-pole parameters. To use the bulk-reacting material modeling in BEM, the four-pole parameters will have to be converted into an equivalent set of bulk-reacting material properties. Test cases including a muffler with a series connection of CC and DPF are presented in this paper.
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