Bentley is a high luxury automotive brand offering privileged customers world class levels of ride comfort in their vehicles. The luxury car manufacturer needed to reduce developmentcosts, physical testing and development time, but needed to be confident that real-life testing of installing alternative powertrains could be accurately correlated through CAEsimulation to achieve the required results.The challenge was to develop a simulator-based technique to experience the effects of theinstallation of alternative powertrains prior to physical build. This would help engineersunderstand how the predicted changes could affect the control of road induced shake.
The Use of System Modelling Techniques to Filter TestMeasurements and Drive a Physical Vehicle NVH Simulator
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Bentley had a requirement to understand the Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)implications of installing alternative powertrains in existing and new vehicles, particularly those concerning the control of road induced shake.This case study describes the use of a system model to create these change filters withwhich to modify test measurements for playback in a physical vehicle Noise, Vibration andHarshness (NVH) simulator, and so to provide directional guidance in the design of a luxurypassenger vehicle.Altair’s HyperWorks simulation tools provided an all-in-one modelling package to perform the vehicle modelling and response prediction.
Bentley cars are synonymous with with handcrafted luxury, performance, quality andengineering excellence. They have a rich heritage of over 90 years, both as a racing sportsbrand and quality motor car.Sound & Vibration Technology (SVT) are a dedicated team of Sound & Vibration NVHengineers with over 30 years’ experience. They provide leading edge Sound QualityEngineering, Noise and Vibration Testing and Technology Development services toautomotive, aerospace, rail and industrial clients.
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“HyperWorks is allowing
us to signifcantly reduce
development costs and physical testing for new vehicle development programmes.” Paul Kennings Bentley Motors
Fig. 1: Correlated CAE Vehicle Model