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System-approach Implementation for Drum Washing Machine Robust Noise Design

Q.Zeng, H.Wee, D.Choi Samsung Electronics CO.,LTD 416, Maetan-3dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 443-742, Korea email:

1. Abstract
This paper describes a system engineering approach to allocate washing machine system level noise requirement to subsystem and components by deriving acoustical or vibratory power transfer function among system, subsystem and components. A system functional decomposition of the washing machine system is conducted to establish the hierarchical acoustical or vibratory power transmission path among the system. Transfer functions to represent airborne and structure borne acoustic power transfer are derived quantitatively among subsystems and components experimentally. All derived transfer function together with hierarchical system is implemented into an excel-based tool to carry out the sensitivity analysis and identify the critical noise contributors, further more, noise requirement at component level can be specified and handed over to component design owners to achieve detailed component design. This paper showcases an example to achieve 6 dB noise reductions effectively for a drum type washing machine after ranking the noise contributors using the tool. Finally, the process and methodology is validated experimentally after designing new components to meet the top level noise level.

2. Introduction
There are two types of washing machine: top loading and front loading (drum washing machine). Either type of washing machine can be deceivably simple to most of the people as a regular box from its appearance. However, inside the drum type washing machine frame, components such as motor, drum, tub, pump, noise and vibration absorbing dampers and diaphragm are assembled in a very tight space. The complexity of multiple noise sources and transmission mechanisms makes quiet noise design a challenging issue, especially with demanding requirements on fixed footprint, low cost, large washing capacity and higher spinning speed. According to the standard, the noise specification is defined at maximum specified spinning stage, which has the highest rotating speed and leads to highest noise level. Noise emitted from a washing machine has been considered as an indicator for the quality of washing machine product. All washing machine manufacturers are compelled to seek various methods and processes to achieve low noise design or design annoying features out of the products. Reference [1] analyzed radiated noise from a washing machine frame and identified the key surface contributors of the frame. In order to avoid the change of system dynamics to reduce the force transmitted from damper to frame, the author optimized the frame to reduce the noise radiation. Likewise, same author [2] analyzed the contribution due to the pump excitation to frame radiated noise, connection component between pump and frame was designed to minimize the power transmission. Given the fact that structure resonances in the system are the fundamental cause of the structure borne noise, tremendous research work has been focused on analyzing and optimizing the entire washing machine dynamic system. Refer [3][4] developed a fundamental model to drive physical understanding of the impact of different suspension constrains of washing machine. The analysis helps design engineer to predict the overall vibration response in order to prevent washing machine “walking” on the floor, thus to choose appropriate suspension design parameters. Refer [5] developed a lumped-mass model for washing machine system and was able to integrate the liquid balancer dynamics into the system model.

2334 P ROCEEDINGS OF ISMA2008 Even with accumulated knowledge to reduce component level noise through the years. a model-based system level tool is essential to allocate top level noise requirement to washing machine components before starting detailed component level design. a case is demonstrated how to use to tool achieve 6 dB reduction from baseline by allocating noise reduction requirements to critical components. is connected with shaft and placed outside of the drum co-axially but with 7~15 mm clearance to hold the water for the system. Rubber type material made diaphragm connects tub with door. It shows the main components and the connectivity in the system. the noise requirement for each component can be determined as soon as the top level requirement is defined. Drum/tub/motor as a subsystem is supported inside the machine frame by damper on the bottom and hung by spring from the top. In addition. water hose. functional system decomposition is represented to understand the noise source and energy transmission path with different mechanisms. how do the elements in the system interact among each other to realized system function. This paper presents a systematic approach to enable system level noise requirement cascading to component level for a drum type washing machine. even the context (boundary). in details. critical noise source and transmission path have to be quantitatively identified and noise mitigation plan have to be developed even before preliminary design stage. Secondly. To tackle the noise problem properly with minimal engineering resource and deliver the product to market within shortest development cycle. the elements. all critical transfer functions representing how energy is transferred from the source to receiver through various transmission paths are derived. Tub. System decomposition serves as a foundation to clearly present and define the system for further analysis. interface. Working on certain component or path that is not critical to total noise is not only misleading. Thus. System decomposition A system usually can be decomposed based on certain discipline such as physical structure connectivity or functional performance. Firstly. A drum washing machine structural decomposition view is presented in Figure 1. Other components such as water hose inlet and outlet. a stationary part. And pump is attached to the bottom of the frame for water drainage. 3. Motor drives drum via shaft that holds the laundry and has rotational movement for washing and spinning. System structure decomposition helps to understand how the system is composed and what members are in the system: mainly. also a waste of resource. Functional decomposition decomposes the system based on its functional performance. valve and heater are excluded from this view not only to simplify the relationship also abnormal noise such as water drainage noise due to water interacting with these components is out of the scope in this analysis. Structural decomposition view . Via feet Via shaft Floor Drum Via damper Motor Via shaft Tub Diaphragm Frame / Door Pump Perceived noise Via leaks Volume/Acoustic Material Figure 1. Both spring and damper are attached to outside frame. the input and output relationship among elements in the system. Then an excel-based tool is developed to implement the hierarchical relationship and track the functional relationship.

certain structural vibratory power is propagated to whole system and excites the resonance in the system. motor and pump selfradiated noise transmits through frame to overall noise. aerodynamic noise generated by turbulence flow due to relative movement between tub and drum is also an important noise generation mechanism. Based on the impedance at the attachment point. Drum washing machine noise transmission functional decomposition System noise ( Y1) Y1 = ∑ Σ f ( yi) i=1 n Transmitted noise through leakage (y1) n Door radiated noise ( y2) n Frame radiated noise (y3) n ∑Σf i =1 ∑Σ f i =1 ∑Σ f i =1 Pump radiated noise x1 Motor radiated noise x2 Tub/drum Tub radiated noise Drum radiated noise aero noise( yy2) (y y3) ( yy4) Diaphragm noise ( yy5) n Frame vibration power ( yy1) ∑Σf i =1 n ∑Σf i =1 n ∑Σf i =1 n ∑Σ f i =1 Diaphragm vibration power ( yyy3) ∑Σ f i =1 n ∑Σ f i =1 n Drum vibration power ( yyy1) Tub vibration power ( yyy2) Pump vibration power X4 ∑Σf i =1 n ∑Σf i =1 n Motor vibration power x3 Figure 3. There are three noise transmission mechanisms in the system. motor and pump exerts structural vibratory power through their attachment points to downstream components. firstly. Secondly. Tub acoustic power Tub vibration power Drum vibration power Pump acoustic power Pump vibration power Diaphragm vibration power Drum/tub aero power Drum radiated power Diaphragm acoustic power Frame radiated power Frame vibration power Motor acoustic Power Motor vibration power Volume/acoustic material Noise Structural borne Air borne Aerodynamic borne Figure 2. Drum washing machine requirements flow down relationship tree . in addition to airborne and structure borne noise. Motor and pump are the noise source contributing in two aspects. which becomes increasingly severe when the spinning speed gets higher. a system functional view is shown in Figure 2.N OISE CONTROL : CASE STUDIES 2335 To understand the noise generation mechanisms in the entire system.

the distance between each line and corresponding frame side panel is also 1 meter. 2a= L1+2. The input/output of each element can be quantified as power that is obtained computationally.2 Airborne noise source measurement Component level noise is measured at semi-anechoic room by either extracting the component from the system and setup alone or decoupling the components from surrounding elements in the washing machine system. Even at aftermarket stage. a nine-point grid illustrated in Figure 4 is built to measure sound power from a washing machine unit in anechoic room. both system allocation from top to down and system validation from bottom to top can be easily implemented. Until to this stage.. and height of rectangular plane is half of the total height of washing machine and 1 meter. Unit: meter ( m ). This hierarchical relationship tree manifests the power transfer flow and functional power transfer mechanisms among system. subsystem and components. the ninth point is located at the center of second rectangular. Another 4 points are located at the corner of a rectangular surface parallel to the bottom of the unit. 4.1 Drum washing machine measurement standard. 4 measurement points are located at the center of each side of a rectangular surface parallel to the bottom of the unit. Noise source measurement and transfer function derivation 4. each side of the rectangular is 1 meter away from and parallel to corresponding frame side panel. Schematic illustration of washing machine sound power measurement setup. the amount of power . 4. L3 L1 L2 L1: washing machine width. root cause analysis can be conducted properly attributing to the traceability of the variable inherited in the system. Knowing the relationship through transfer function among system member elements is critically important throughout product cycle. 2b=L2+2. but 1 meter above the top surface of the machine. experimentally or empirically. Similar to ISO3745 sound power measurement standard. a relationship tree is developed as shown in Figure 3. pump is originally connected to frame through bracket. Once the transfer function among the elements is derived. L2: Washing machine depth. ambiguity of the system has been largely reduced with the clarification of each element’s function in entire rather complex system. for occurred problem. For example. Figure 4. L3: Washing machine height. 2c=L3+1.2336 P ROCEEDINGS OF ISMA2008 Once structural and functional decomposition are completed.

j 2ω Im[{H} j . Equivalent mass of tub/drum Figure 5.4 Structural vibratory input power measurement As briefly mentioned early. As shown.i (1) are the squared (self) where subscript j denotes the direction of the force component and Pj is the corresponding input power. j ] {H} j . Test rig to measure aerodynamic noise 4. The vibration data (acceleration) is acquired under real . j j. self frequency response function (input impedance) is measured using an impact hammer at motor and shaft connection point for motor. Aerodynamic noise can be obtained by subtracting sound power measured from the setup in Figure 5 from that with tub/drum assembly included. Tub back is composed of concave and convex sections. drum back also has irregularities on the surface. Since there is no good way to measure aerodynamic noise directly an indirect approach is utilized subsequently. If we know FRF’s and the power spectra of the responses. a very soft isolation is applied to suppress structural vibration energy in order to measure pump noise only. a cylindrical mass that has the equivalent mass and moment of inertia effect to the original tub and drum is used as the replacement of tub and drum. A specific test rig shown in Figure 5 is designed to remove aerodynamic noise. especially when the spinning speed is very high. the structure excitation from motor and pump imposing to entire system is described as structural power input to neighboring components. It is expected the cylindrical mass minimizes vertex shedding such that aerodynamic effect is in no need to be concerned. 4.3 Aerodynamic noise measurement. significant pressure disturbance due to relative motion between tub back and drum back induces aerodynamic noise that becomes a great concern. the input powers can be directly determined from [7]: Pj (ω ) = {G uu } j. pump and frame attachment point for pump in laboratory condition. In this case. j where is the power spectra of the responses (accelerations) . and frequency response functions.N OISE CONTROL : CASE STUDIES 2337 transmitted to frame structure depends on the isolation configuration between frame and bracket. {G } uu . During the spinning mode. This method is applied to calculate structural power input for motor and pump respectively. FRF-based method is used to calculate the structure power input. In experimental setup.

in this application. .2338 P ROCEEDINGS OF ISMA2008 operational condition at same location with x. no insulation and no absorbent material. Second method to reduce the component level power by changing spectrum and level also can be done by going into specific worksheet to do proper modification. System Tool Implementation and discussions The system requirements allocation process is to specify allowable energy associated with noise source and path in order for the entire system to meet the overall noise target. the noise spectrum of the components before and after the noise reduction is assumed to the same. m denotes equivalent mass of the subsystem..5 Structural vibratory kinetic power measurement The structural energy in a subsystem is related to the surface velocity by. Each input in excel cell is linked with data tabulated in other worksheets in the same excel file that contains either source or transfer function in 1/3 octave band. hence. and v is the surface velocity. Baseline power is the current state of the acoustic or vibratory power in the washing machine. The tool also contains database to perform certain degree of concept selection. Different types of motor can be chosen to assess its impact on the system performance as the source. Allocated power is the noise level after applying noise reduction methods on certain source or path. the accuracy of this method could be in question. etc. Under insulation and acoustic material configuration. E = m v2 (2) Where. Equation (2) assumes that all of the energy is contained in resonant modes. different portions of insulation. Once all the scales are updated. 5. If the modal density is low. different types of absorbent materials. Baseline configuration without insulation to block the leakage and without acoustic absorbent material attached to the interior frame panel shows the least noise reduction. 4. In this case. the tool is used to facilitate the requirement flow down process. for each subsystem or component. path and transfer function. can be applied to system to do noise level and cost tradeoffs. more importantly. total power is calculated by adding contributing power listed below together based on the decomposition diagram. Fortunately. Foam 2 is superior to foam1 by providing better acoustic absorption coefficient while fully insulated configuration helps to damp the noise in lower frequency. An Excel based tool is developed to archive source. y and z directions that finally is added up to obtain total power. the noise mitigation here is represented by a scalar of 0~1 that indicates the acoustical or vibratory power fraction been reduced to. the new allocated sound power is automatically calculated for components and system. The Excel file containing the main program is shown in Figure 6. the potential energy is equal to the kinetic energy and the total energy can be expressed as twice the kinetic energy. the measurement accuracy of tub and drum structural energy is not critical as both tub and drum are not efficient noise radiator empirically and our interest is focused on noise rather than vibration here. The sensitivity analysis of different acoustic material and insulation is plotted as Figure 7.

Sensitivity analysis of sound level vs.N OISE CONTROL : CASE STUDIES 2339 Subsystem /component Baseline power Scale Allocated power Noise reduction Figure 6. acoustic material and insulation configuration . Figure 7. System tool main program.

if the motor and aerodynamic noise is reduced by 3dB and 4 dB respectively. motor noise power shall be reduced to 40% and aerodynamic noise to 50%. This is close to the optimized case because the effect is almost additive. 6 dB noise reduction achieved by designing motor and aerodynamic noise Sound Power (dBA ) 75 60 45 30 15 0 10 100 Freque ncy ( Hz ) Reduced Baseline 1000 10000 100000 Figure 9. the propagation effect of changing motor structure input power to tub. To achieve 6 dBA noise reductions.2340 P ROCEEDINGS OF ISMA2008 The tool can be used for root cause analysis purpose as well since it traces the parameters’ change among its hierarchical structure. For example. it is more effective to focus on motor noise reduction due to its frequency spectra characteristics. Featured with more pronounced frequency tones higher than 1000 Hz. motor noise can leak out from the gap even portion of the acoustic energy is dissipated by absorption material. The key to allocate requirements down properly is to rank the noise source and transmission path such that the most efficient noise mitigation methods can be applied. the total noise reduction is 6 dB if the foam2 is used for frame as shown in Figure 8. Comparison between baseline and updated system with motor and aerodynamic noise reduced . diaphragm and frame as changed parameters will be highlighted in red. Figure 8. On another hand. Figure 9 depicts noise in higher frequency band is reduced significantly corresponding to the case shown in figure. the total noise reduction is only 4dB. aerodynamic noise can be blocked greatly by frame since most of aerodynamic noise energy is concentrated below 800 Hz.8. In details. Although aerodynamic noise is higher than motor noise as a noise source. When motor and aerodynamic noise is reduced by 4 dB and 3dB respectively.

however. Around 500 Hz. The system integration tool predicts the total noise increases 4dB with two structural changes as shown in Figure 10. The tub back was smoothed by simply filling up the cavities (indicated as 2 in Figure 10) to reduce the aerodynamic noise power by 30% based on CFD analysis done in past. and the comparison with experiment is plotted in Figure 11. . The physics driving the discrepancies at specific frequencies is well explained by the configuration changes. At higher frequencies. The tool is validated within the accuracy that can give users confidence to utilize the tool for sensitivity analysis. Tool validation Instead of putting extra effort to redesign or modify new components such as motor. discrepancies exist at certain frequencies.N OISE CONTROL : CASE STUDIES 2341 6. certain motor frequencies are still pronounced due to reduced acoustic material and insulation material. a simple but representative case was designed for system requirement verification. The overall noise level is well correlated. new configuration of smoothed tub back reduced the tonal noise significantly. And the square cover of the frame bottom was removed to open an extra noise transmission path (indicated as 1 in Figure 10) that increases the noise transmission by three times. requirements specification and tradeoffs among noise mitigation concepts. pump or other subsystem to conduct validation.

Thus. which often becomes impossible using experimental approach. By default. System performances with frame bottom hole open and tub back cavities filled Even this current tool demonstrated accuracy to be implemented in design process. a validated physics-based system model will help to understand the fundamentals of the coupled noise and vibration transmission mechanisms among the system. Moreover. And this paper intends to demonstrate the requirement allocation process using systematic tool. This tool treats transfer function among the system elements as one of the system characteristics. A virtual design tool also makes .2342 P ROCEEDINGS OF ISMA2008 2 1 1 Smoothed 2 Figure 10. a system model-based approach is preferred to derive the transfer 1 function to enhance the applicability of the tool. one point worthwhile to mention is the applicability of the tools. Going forwards. this tool can only be applied to the system with small variation from baseline configuration. Otherwise. the transfer function shall be updated to accommodate system variation to enable valid requirements allocation. it is the limitation of this tool if the transfer function is derived by experiments or empirically.

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