Analysis of noise inside bus of hybrid bus vehicles

Łukasz Konieczny1 , Rafał Burdzik2 , Robert Jaworski3 , Sławomir Wierzbicki4

1, 2Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Transport, Gliwice, Poland

3Vehicle Inspection Office, Vehicle Appraiser Certified by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, Gliwice, Poland

4University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Olsztyn, Poland

1Corresponding author

Vibroengineering PROCEDIA, Vol. 19, 2018, p. 194-198. https://doi.org/10.21595/vp.2018.20229
Received 6 September 2018; accepted 17 September 2018; published 24 September 2018

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Abstract.

The article presents the results of noise measurements during a control passage recorded in the interior of a bus with a serial hybrid drive. The noise was recorded in a continuous mode, and the course was adjusted for the pressure level and spectrogram in the field of time and frequency.

Keywords: bus noise, diagnostics of car.

1. Introduction

The tests were conducted for a city bus with a serial hybrid system in the following configuration: CNG engine-electric generator-energy recuperation system-central electric drive motor. The research was aimed at addressing the feelings of passengers. The noise related to the operation of a CNG-powered engine causes a burdensome impression of monotone noise which, when prolonged exposure, is annoying, thus impairing the comfort of traveling. An additional negative sound effect is the noise associated with the operation of the electric drive motor on the wheels of the drive axle, generating unpleasant sounds received as a “squeak”. The scope of the tests included continuous recording of noise inside the vehicle during the check-up allowing detailed analyses including frequency analysis of the structure of registered noise.

2. Description of the research procedure

The tests were carried out in accordance with the reference methodology for measuring noise levels described by the standards: PN-81/N-01306, PN-N-01307:1994, PN-90/S-04052, PN-92/S-04051. The guidelines specified in the standards were used in the tests. The test consisted in measuring the noise level in dB (A) inside the vehicle at specific measuring points during the bus passage. Measurements of noise level in dB (A) were carried out using the sound level meter on the correction curve A and the dynamic characteristic F (fast). Immediately before and after the measurements the meter was calibrated using a suitable calibrator. The results were referred to the permissible noise level inside vehicles (lorries and city buses - the permissible noise level dB(A) is 82 dB).

3. Description of the places of measurement and the method of carrying out the measurements.

The location of the measurement point was determined due to the adopted research goal, which is, inter alia, the determination of a “hybrid” construction solution powered by CNG for the emission of noise inside the vehicle and the environment. The selected measuring point was located in the rear of the vehicle near the engine compartment. The microphone was placed at a height of 1600 mm above the floor surface at a distance of 500 mm from the bulkhead wall of the engine compartment towards the bonnet of the engine (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1. Location of the measuring point

 Location of the measuring point

4. Characteristics of the measurement set used in the research

The measuring set used in the tests meets the requirements for integrating or integrating-averaging meters. SON-50 is an integral sound level class 1 accuracy meter that measures transient, fixed and pulsed signals. It is mainly used to measure the quantities that determine the worker's exposure to noise at the workplace (in accordance with current standards), environmental monitoring, and, thanks to the possibility of adding external octave or infrasound filters, can be used for diagnostic tests of machines and devices. The meter has two independent measuring paths: the effective value, for measurement: Leq, Lmx, Lmn and the second, for the measurement of the peak value. Thanks to this, it is possible, for example, to measure the effective value on the A-characteristic and the peak value using the C-characteristic simultaneously. This device also measures the level of exposure to noise related to the set working time.

During the tests, continuous recording of acoustic pressure was carried out. The output analogue signal from the Son-50 sound level meter was recorded on a portable computer (Labview software) using an analogue-digital card. The sampling frequency was lowered to the 25 kHz band. This measuring card has a modular construction and consists of two parts: a charge amplifier (measuring amplifier) and a “frame” with space for this amplifier. The card works in USB High Performance mode with the measurement signal conditioning, has 4 channels, 24-bit resolution, maximum sampling frequency of 50 ks/s, maximum input range ±10 V and synchronous sampling.

Before and after the measurements, the Son 50 sound level meter was calibrated. The calibration results before and after the measurements were equal to: 94.1 dB.

Fig. 2. Time course of registered sound pressure [Pa], course of sound pressure levels in [dB] and FFT spectrum-control passage (time 0-60s)

 Time course of registered sound pressure [Pa], course of sound pressure levels in [dB]  and FFT spectrum-control passage (time 0-60s)

Fig. 3. Spectrogram showing the time-frequency structure of the registered sound pressure signal-control passage (0-1 min)

 Spectrogram showing the time-frequency structure  of the registered sound pressure signal-control passage (0-1 min)

Fig. 4. Time course of registered sound pressure [Pa], course of values of sound pressure levels in [dB] and spectrum FFT-control passage (6-7min) – “squeaks” related to the operation of electric drive motors of drive wheels

 Time course of registered sound pressure [Pa], course of values of sound pressure levels in [dB] and spectrum FFT-control passage (6-7min) – “squeaks” related to the operation of electric drive motors of drive wheels

Fig. 5. Spectrum showing the time-frequency structure of the registered sound pressure signal-control passage (6-7min) – “squeaks” related to the operation of electric drive wheel motors

 Spectrum showing the time-frequency structure of the registered sound pressure signal-control passage (6-7min) – “squeaks” related to the operation of electric drive wheel motors

5. Obtained results of research

After taking measurements registered in the meter’s memory, the results were transferred to the computer and saved in the source form. The source form of the obtained measurement results is included in the attachment of this study. The next step was to analyse the acoustic signal, in particular to perform analyses in particular in the aspect of the frequency structure of the acoustic signal. As a result of continuous noise recording at the measuring point during the drive, the spectra of the acoustic signal in time and frequency were determined.

6. Conclusions

The obtained sound pressure level results in [dB] during the control passage do not exceed the permissible values specified in the standard regarding noise inside the vehicle. As already stated, the sound pressure level itself is within the standard (below 82 [dB]), however, the character of the hybrid vehicle in which fixed speed values have been assumed (850, 1200, 1600 revolutions/min) of the CNG engine operation, causes troublesome an impression of monotonous noise. An additional negative sound effect is the noise associated with the operation of the electric drive motor on the wheels of the drive axle, generating unpleasant sounds received as a “squeak”. The analysis of the frequency structure of registered noise confirms the components in the higher frequency ranges related to the operation of electric drive motors.

Measurements while driving were carried out without distinguishing the type of road and surface as well as the condition of the environment in which the control journeys were carried out (various traffic volumes of motor vehicles, etc.). The results obtained concern the average bus conditions. Nevertheless, the results allow an overall assessment of the noise level inside the hybrid bus while driving.

Summing up the acoustic comfort for traveling vehicles, this type of hybrid is unsatisfactory, and the longer journeys and nature of the noise generated by the vehicle is unpleasant and troublesome.

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