SAE J1637 Vibration Damping Round Robin Study

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  • 2017-01-1881

Published:
  • 2017-06-05
Abstract:
As part of the update process to SAE J1637, Laboratory Measurement of the Composite Vibration Damping Properties of Materials on a Supporting Steel Bar, the Acoustical Materials Committee commissioned a round robin study to determine the current lab to lab variation, and to better understand best practices for composite loss factor measurements. Guidance within the current standard from a previous round robin study indicates a coefficient of variation of 35% for laboratory to laboratory measurements. It was hoped that current instrumentation and test practices would yield lower variability. Over the course of 2 years, 10 laboratories tested 4 bars, three with damping materials and one bare bar. These bars were tested at 20°C, -5°C, 10°C, 25°C and 40°C and 55°C. The damping materials were intentionally selected to provide low damping, moderate, and high damping as difficulties in determining the composite loss increase with increasing damping. Additionally, some laboratories use automated or manual data acquisition system, and some laboratories use contact or non-contact transducers. The results of this study are summarized in this paper and will be used for potential recommendations to the next SAE J1637 recommended practice and any laboratory measuring composite loss factors.
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