Research on the influence of engine rotational speed to the vibration penetration into the driver via feet – multidimensional analysis
1Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Transport, Poland
Journal of Vibroengineering, Vol. 15, Issue 4, 2013, p. 2114-2123.
Received 30 October 2013; accepted 31 October 2013; published 31 December 2013
The manuscript provides a discussion on the studies and analysis of influence of engine rotational speed to the vibration penetration into the driver via feet. For the driving safety and comfort it is very important what kind and values of vibration are transferred to car body. The motor-engine was chosen as the vibration source. The paper presents some results of investigation on influence of idle gear rotational speed of engine to the vibration registered at place for driver feet. Changes of the values of the influence of vibration on human were presented as RMS and distribution or proposed estimator of spectrum . The changes of the vibration signals and its spectrums were observed in orthogonal 3 axes. The complementary analysis was conducted as time-frequency distribution of the vibration. The experiments were conducted on the car vehicle which was placed on the special test racks. It allows to lessen the road roughens impact on the suspension and the car body.
Keywords: vibration, engine as vibration source, comfort and safety.
The driver’s and passengers’ exposure to whole-body vibration of the vehicle can be determined from short-term body discomfort and long-term physiological damage. The vibration phenomenon occurring on the frame and car-body is one of the main problems of ride comfort. Road surface roughness often acts as a major source that excites the vibration of the vehicle running on the ground through the tire/wheel assembly and the suspension system [1, 2]. There are many more of different vibration sources in vehicles. One of those is motor-car engine. There are some research result published on effects of whole-body vibration and the ride comfort limits [3-7]. There are many reports describing the measurement of the transmissibility of the human body under vibration [8-10]. Some interesting researches were conducted for the low frequency discomfort for human analysed .
In many structures such as vehicles and buildings the response of people to the expected vibration must be considered . It is a real challenge in structural design to ensure that the perception threshold level is not exceeded. There exist a lot of publications presenting original methods of vibration signal analysis for many applications [12-25].
In manufacturing of structural components, the type of material used as well as the technology and geometric form are decisive for their service parameters. Currently, there are many studies on new materials and new metallurgical technologies manufacturing processes and repair of steel-making, cast iron and various alloys [26-31]. Considerable emphasis is put on their dynamic properties in designing of machine parts. Tests of dynamic parameters are conducted by application of simulation methods or by active experiments.
2. Identification of the vibration generated by the engine
Motor engine can be considered as one of the vibration generators in vehicles. Rotating machinery such as motors can generate disturbing forces at several different frequencies such as the rotational speed and blade passing frequency. Reciprocating machinery such as compressors and engines can rarely be perfectly balanced, and an exciting force is produced at the rotational speed and at harmonics. Many of physical and chemical phenomena affecting on engine properties [32, 33]. There are two basic types of structural vibration: steady-state vibration caused by continually running machines such as engines, air-conditioning plants and generators either within the structure or situated in a neighbouring structure, and transient vibration caused by a short-duration disturbance such as a lorry or train passing over an expansion joint in a road or over a bridge.
The experimental research was conducted on directional distribution of vibrations generated by the combustion engine . It was used the dual-axis accelerometer. The studies were block of the combustion engine. Under the studies in question, active experiments were undertaken featuring measurements of vibration accelerations in a three directions. It were recorded the vibration in three orthogonal axes . The position and directions of measurements has been depicted in Fig. 1.
Fig. 1. Measurement of vibration of combustion engine in 3 directions
The spectrums of the recorded signals in 3 axes were determined to analyze the structure of motor engine vibration. For the identification of the frequency correlated to rpm (revolutions per minute) of the rotational speed of the engine the figures were analyzed separately with zoom window. The main characteristics frequencies of the engine have been marked on figure 2. Thus the analysis of different between amplitude of the harmonics vibration in axes , and is possible.
3. Research methodology
The scope of research includes active experiment featuring measurements of vibration acceleration in a three directions in location on the floor panel under the driver feet. The vibration in three orthogonal axes were recorded. It enables to analyse the vibration transfer from the source into the driver via feet. These vibrations produce a level of discomfort for the driver. The experiments were conducted on the car vehicle which was placed on the special test racks. It allows eliminate the road roughens impact on the suspension and in result to car body.
The vibration signals, being an effect of a force excitation, obtained by working process of engine, were recorded. The vibration in the vehicle structure were excited by engine working on idle gear. It enables to consider only the vibration generated by vehicle mechanism without vibration from road roughness during the drive. The experiment was conduct under laboratory conditions to ensure reproducibility of results.
Fig. 2. Spectrums of vibration of the motor engine in , , axes
Fig. 3. Scheme of the idea of the research methodology
4. Research results
The results obtained were subsequently processed in the MatLab computational environment. The established scope of research enables to observe changes of the floor panel vibration for idle gear rotational speed increase. The idle gear rotational speed founded during research were: 750 rpm, 1500 rpm, 2000 rpm and 3000 rpm.
The three orthogonal axes were analyzed separately. The comparison of the acceleration of vibration signals allows determine which directions of the vibration propagation is parent and how are changing the vibration under rpm increase.
Based on analysis of the frequency distribution of the engine vibration and conclusion that spectrum of the vibration in and axes (Fig. 2) are very similar the paper presents the results for and axes.
4.1. Analysis of the vibration in time domain
It were established the specific sets of the time courses recorded for the vibration accelerations. Some measurement result obtained for the floor panel with constant rotational speed excitation applied has been depicted in Figures 4 and 5.
For the purpose of assessing exposure to vibrations of the overall impact on the human body by the vibration of the floor panel of the standing vehicle with working engine the global estimators were calculated. The paper presents the results of the parameter value of vibration dominant effective weighted vibration acceleration determined from the formula 2 and RMS (formula 1) (Fig. 6).
where: – vibration signal, – vibration dominant effective weighted vibration acceleration, – acceleration of vibration in axis, – acceleration of vibration in axis, – acceleration of vibration in axis.
Fig. 4. Time function of the floor panel vibration for different rpm, axis
Fig. 5. Time function of the floor panel vibration for different rpm, axis
Fig. 6. Distribution of the estimators of vibration (in time domain): a) RMS, b)
Fig. 7. Changes of the dynamics of the vibration for the different rpm
Fig. 8. Spectrums of the floor panel vibration for different rpm, axis
Fig. 9. Spectrums of the floor panel vibration for different rpm, axis
4.2. Analysis of the vibration in frequency domain
Interesting in above results analysis is that RMS and have larger values for the smallest idle gear rotational speed. To investigate this phenomena the spectrum of the recorded signals in 3 axes were determined to analyze the structure of floor panel vibration. It is possible to observe changes of the dynamics of the vibration for the different rpm transferred in three orthogonal axes (Fig. 7). The frequency components correlated to rpm were indicated in Figure 6. For proper analysis of the vibration amplitude the scale of the axis have to be taken into consider (indicated as the ellipse on axis).
The comparison of the spectrums of floor panel vibration registered under different rotational speed of the engine in and axes directions have been depicted in Figures 8 and 9.
The maximum amplitude of vibration correlated to rpm in range of 1500 to 3000 rpm rises. For the 750 rpm the maximum amplitudes in spectrum are smallest but the signal has a lot of low-energy broadband frequencies components. This may be the reason of higher RMS values.
The analysis of vibration signal energy value correlated to frequency distribution based on defined estimator can be more sensitive to exposure and perception on human vibration (Fig. 10). Thus it was proposed the estimator of total energy of vibration spectrum, determined by equation:
Fig. 10. Distribution of for the different rpm of engine in and axes
4.3. Analysis of the vibration in time-frequency domains
The registered signals are nonstationary so to analyze the human perception as the exposure to vibration in chosen frequency band the time-frequency transformation have to be made. Therefore, one should observe the distribution of component values of a signal in the domains of time and frequency simultaneously. For that purpose, the signals were transformed by application of the Short-Time Fourier Transform (STFT) according to the following dependence:
where: – window displacement, – analysing frequencies, – constant width of successively analysed window.
The STFT signal distribution has been depicted in Fig. 11-12. It allows observing how long vibration in chosen frequency band is propagating to the structure.
Fig. 11. Time-frequency distribution of the floor panel vibration for different rpm – axis
Fig. 12. Time-frequency distribution of the floor panel vibration for different rpm – axis
The obtained results show that increase of the rpm of the motor engine is not directly proportional to generated floor panel vibration. The analysis of the spectrums of the signals allows to clearly identify the frequency components correlated to rpm. It can be assumed that vibration are increased due to increase of rpm.
In conclusion of results analysis some interesting observations were obtained. The vibration penetration into the driver via feet registered on the floor panel have unstable dynamic structure. The RMS values are higher for the vibration under 750 rpm of engine and in range of 1500-3000 rpm some increase tendency can be observed (especially for axis). Based on the spectrums analysis it can be observed that the maximum amplitudes correlated to rpm in range of 1500 to 3000 rpm were raised. For the 750 rpm the maximum amplitudes in spectrum are smallest but the signal has a lot of low-energy broadband frequencies components. This may be the reason of higher RMS and values. After analysis of distribution of estimator of total energy of vibration spectrum it can be assumed that its value is most correlate to the increase of rpm of the engine. Analysis of the time-frequency distribution allows evaluation of the vibration exposure. It is well recognized that for each main frequency components local maximum occurred.
The values of the vibration of the motor engine are much higher than floor panel vibration. This proves good vibration isolation in vehicle cab. It can be observed domination of lower frequencies in the signal registered on vehicle floor panel.
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