Stout, J., Solferino, V., and Antonov, S., "Powerplant NVH Decision Making Using Combined Airborne and Structureborne Noise Sources," SAE Int. J. Engines 8(4):1953-1959, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-2289.
Powerplant NVH decisions are sometimes made looking only at how the change impacts either the source radiated noise level or the source vibration. Depending on the engine configuration, those can be good approximations, but they can also be very misleading. By combining both noise sources into a vehicle equivalent noise level a much better analysis can be made of the impact of any proposed design change on the customer perceived loudness.This paper will investigate several different scenarios and identify how the airborne and the structureborne paths combine for I4, V6 and V8 engine configurations. Similar relationships will be shown for path as well as the source contributions.