Acoustic Test of Mechatronical Components

CARoLINE in the End-of-Line Test

CARoLINE has been developed for the evaluation of the assembly quality and function of electromotive vehicle components.With the help of statistical analyses and the evaluation of acoustic properties you can improve manufacturing and assembly processes. These methods are provided by the acoustic system CARoLINE. With simple parameters, complex methods such as pulse valuation, order filter or scaling are adjustable.

Via scatter diagrams/spread patterns you can test the parameters and adapt the manufacturing process.

Impact Sound Analysis

To evaluate the quality of rotating, motor-driven components in the vehicle, impact sound analyses became more and more essential. Besides the reduction of noise, it is helpful to identify noises to evaluate the quality of manufacturing.

The system for impact sound analysis consists of impact sound sensors, modules for data entry and installed evaluation software.

These sensors are attached by metallic brackets, magnets or directly to the motor-driven units under test.

GOEPEL electronic chooses the adequate sensors for impact sound measurement together with you and advises you on the integration into the equipment.

Software

The software is modularly configured. Thus, the software system is able to execute all analysis processes in parallel.

The trigger conditions and parameterization of the single calculations and evaluations are handled in the inbound data stream by the data server in parallel processes.  Thus, you as the user can arrange several process steps in parallel running modules and parameterize your test procedures.

In freely definable frequency bands, the levels are controlled. The integrated digital band filters evaluate the acoustic signals and split them into different frequency ranges. An editor is available to edit the test processes.

Modulation analysis of exterior mirrors

The so-called modulation analysis is intended to find out how strongly a certain frequency fluctuates in the course of a selected movement - for example, during the unfolding movement of the vehicle exterior mirror. If this fluctuation around the determined centre frequency is too strong, this can be perceived as an unpleasant lyre.

 

The results of a modulation analysis can look like this, for example:
fcenter = 1087 Hz ,    f fluc,p = 43 Hz
 f fluc = 19 Hz  ⇒   Modulation test OK

The centre frequency fcenter  sets the value for the permitted frequency fluctuations f fluc,p,  f fluc for the fluctuation that actually occurred. The fluctuations that occurred with this exterior mirror are within the permitted limit.

Modulation tests can also be determined for frequencies that continuously shift towards higher or lower frequencies over the test time. It does not matter whether this is a linear process or not. Only the calculation method differs here.

 

Third-octave analysis on side mirrors

With the so-called third-octave analysis, conspicuous frequency ranges can be determined very quickly and monitored using limits. In addition, the third-octave analysis serves as a basis for determining the tonality of the mirror, which can be used to test whether it causes a melodious or disturbing noise.

 

In this third-octave analysis, the third octave of the frequency 1000 Hz exceeds the set limit and thus also the set tolerance limits.

These acoustic analysis procedures are used for quality assurance of complex assemblies that become conspicuous in the end-of-line test. Assembly errors or susceptible drive systems can be quickly localised.

Typical acoustic methods with CARoLINE

  • evaluation of single or combined frequency bands, including octave or one-third octave analysis
  • order analysis, also combined
  • rotary speed analysis from the resonance signal or ripple power signal of the motor to be used in the order analysis or for modulation analysis
  • statistical analysis for process control

Examples and applications for Acoustic analyses

  • door modules and window-lift motors
  • hatch door and automatic lifters
  • vehicle seats and adjustment units
  • powershift and gearing mechanism
  • electric motors

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