Neuhierl, B., Schroeck, D., Senthooran, S., and Moron, P., "A Computational Aeroacoustic Study of Windshield Wiper Influence on Passenger Vehicle Greenhouse Windnoise," SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-2051, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-2051.
This paper presents an approach to numerically simulate greenhouse windnoise. The term “greenhouse windnoise” here describes the sound transferred to the interior through the glass panels of a series vehicle. Different panels, e.g. the windshield or sideglass, are contributing to the overall noise level. Attached parts as mirrors or wipers are affecting the flow around the vehicle and thus the pressure fluctuations which are acting as loads onto the panels.Especially the wiper influence and the effect of different wiper positions onto the windshield contribution is examined and set in context with the overall noise levels and other contributors. In addition, the effect of different flow yaw angles on the windnoise level in general and the wiper contributions in particular are demonstrated.As computational aeroacoustics requires accurate, highly resolved simulation of transient and compressible flow, a Lattice-Boltzmann approach is used. The noise transmission through the interior is then modeled by statistical energy analysis (SEA), representing the vehicle cabin and the panels excited by the flow.Results are verified by comparisons to windtunnel experiments.