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Journal Article

Further Study of the Vehicle Rattle Noise with Consideration of the Impact Rates and Loudness

With the prevalent trend of the pure electric vehicle, vehicle interior noise has been reduced significantly. However, other noises become prominent in the cabin. Especially, the BSR noise generated by friction between parts and the clearance between components become the elements of complaints directly affect the quality of vehicles. Currently, the BSR noises are subjectively evaluated by experts, and the noise samples are simply labeled as ‘qualified’ or ‘unqualified’. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an evaluation model to assess the BSR noise objectively. In this paper, we study the vehicle rattle noise intensively. Several types of rattle noise were recorded in a semi-anechoic room. The recorded signals were then processed in the LMS test lab. to extract the single impact segments. A pool of simulated signals with different impact rates (number of impacts per second) and various loudness was synthesized for analyzation.
Technical Paper

Interior Noise Analysis of a Commercial Vehicle Cab by Using Finite Element Method and Boundary Element Methods

In order to predict the interior noise of a commercial vehicle cab, a finite element model of a heavy commercial vehicle cab was established. An acoustic-structure coupling model of the cab was built based on experimentally validated structure model and acoustic model of a commercial vehicle cab. Moreover, based on the platform of Virtual. Lab, the acoustic field modes of the acoustic model of the commercial vehicle cab and the coupled modes of the acoustic-structure coupling model were analyzed by using the acoustic-structure coupling analysis technique. The excitation of the vehicle cab was tested at an average speed on an asphalt road. Then, the interior noise of the heavy commercial vehicle cab was predicted based on FEM-FEM method and FEM-BEM method with all the parameters and excitation. Furthermore, the predicted interior noise of the commercial vehicle cab was compared with the tested interior noise.
Technical Paper

Lightweight Design and Multi-Objective Optimization for a Lower Control Arm Considering Multi-Disciplinary Constraint Condition

The requirement for low emissions and better vehicle performance has led to the demand for lightweight vehicle structures. Two new lightweight methods of design and optimization for the lower control arm were proposed in this research to improve the effectiveness of the traditional lightweight method. Prior to the two lightweight design and optimization methods, the static performance, including strength, stiffness and mode, and fatigue performance for the lower control arm were analyzed and they provided constraints for subsequent design and optimization. The first method of lightweight design and optimization was integrated application of topography optimization, size optimization, shape optimization and free shape optimization for the control arm. Topography optimization was first applied to find the optimal distribution form of reinforcement rib for the lower control arm. Size optimization was then applied in this study to optimize the plate thickness.