Colombini, M. and Rocha, T., "Front of Dash Pass-Through Design Optimization," SAE Technical Paper 2014-36-0219, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-36-0219.
Product Design is a process of creating new product by an organization or business entity for its customer. Being part of a stage in a product life cycle, it is very important that the highest level of effort is being put in the stage. The Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology consists of a collection of tools, needs-gathering, engineering, statistical methods, and best practices that find use in product development. DFSS has the objective of determining the needs of customers and the business, and driving those needs into the product solution so created.In this paper the DFSS methodology is employed to develop the optimal solution to enhance sound transmission loss in a vehicle front of dash pass-through. An integrated approach using acoustic holography and beamforming Noise Source Identification (NSI) techniques is presented as a manner to improve sound insulation during vehicle development. Both vehicle and component level measurements are employed in order to identify the dominant sound transmission paths and add the appropriate acoustic treatments.At the end, the reader will be able to notice, with objective measurements, the improvement of the pass-through performance as well as the overall vehicle sound insulation improvement.