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Title: Quantifying the variability in stiffness and damping of an automotive vehicle's trim-structure mounts
Authors: Abolfathi, Ali
O'Boy, D.J.
Walsh, Stephen J.
Dowsett, Amy
Fisher, Stephen A.
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by IOP Publishing LTD
Citation: ABOLFATHI, A. ...et al., 2016. Quantifying the variability in stiffness and damping of an automotive vehicle's trim-structure mounts. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 744 (1), paper 012197
Abstract: Small plastic clips are used in large numbers in automotive vehicles to connect interior trims to vehicle structures. The variability in their properties can contribute to the overall variability in noise and vibration response of the vehicle. The variability arises due to their material and manufacturing tolerances and more importantly due to the boundary condition. To measure their stiffness and damping, a simple experimental rig is used where a mass is supported by the clip which is modelled as a single degree of freedom system. The rig is designed in a way that it simulates the boundary condition as those of the real vehicle. The variability in clip and also due to the boundary condition at the structure side is first examined which is 7% for stiffness and 8% for damping. To simulate the connection of the trim side, a mount is built using a 3D printer. Rattling occurs in the response of the clips with loose connections, however by preloading the mount the effective stiffness increases and the rattling is eliminated. The variability due to the boundary condition at the trim side was as large as 40% for stiffness and 52% for damping.
Description: This open access paper was presented at the 12th International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics, University of Southampton, July 3-6th. It is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.
Sponsor: This work was supported by Jaguar Land Rover and the UK-EPSRC grant EP/K014102/1 as part of the jointly funded Programme for Simulation Innovation.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/744/1/012197
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22550
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/744/1/012197
ISSN: 1742-6588
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