Simulaton of Engine Acoustics

High Performance Computation for Acoustic Simulation


Acoustic radiation of vibrating structures such as large Diesel engines may significantly affect the comfort of staff and passengers. MAN Diesel and Turbo spend high efforts in improving the acoustic behavior of engines and engine components with respect to both, structural dynamics and acoustic radiation. Large structures, wide frequency bands, and many load cases pose a challenge to simulation resources.

Simulaton of Engine Acoustics


The simulation of acoustic radiation of vibrating struc-tures typically requires a two step approach. A structural vibration analysis is coupled one-way to a subsequent acoustic analysis. In order to realistically describe sound pressure levels the analyst has to sufficiently describe the surrounding air volume in correlation to the noise frequencies. In order to speed up the simulation process a continuous repeatable workflow within ANSYS Workbench was created. Instead of using just a single acoustic model, multiple models, each for a close frequency band, were generated automatically. Dependent on the considered wave length both, the size of the air volume and the mesh discretization, were parametrically adapted. In addition the new ANSYS HPC Parametric pack licensing was used in order to run 16 simultaneous jobs each using 4 cores economically. This way solution time of this acoustic radiation analysis was reduced by 93%.

A reliable workflow for the simulation of the acoustic radiation of vibrating structures was created. In com-bination with the consequent usage of ANSYS HPC technology this empowers engineers to

  • acoustic decisions already in the early design phase
    of an engine,
  • systematic parametric studies in order to under-
    stand the noise contribution of engine components,
  • determine measures (e.g. damping layer, ribs, decoupling …) to cut down noise levels,
  • save money and time by reducing the number of physical prototypes.
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