Exterior Noise Measurements

Exterior Noise Measurements

An assessment of the exterior vehicle noise plays an increasingly important role in analyzing the overall vehicle acoustics. On the one hand, legislation regulates noise emissions by introducing maximum ratings; on the other, car owners’ rising demand for comfort results in a steady reduction in the exterior noise levels of motorized vehicles.


When it comes to exterior noise, users expect dedicated answers for their engineering quickly, easily, and efficiently - both outdoor on the track and indoor at the test bench.


Real Pass-By

Exterior noise measurements play a role in the granting of certification by official authorities, as well as in the fields of vehicle development and production quality assurance. PAK measurement systems support the user by measuring the exterior noise on measuring tracks amongst others according to:

  • ISO 362;
  • UN-ECE R 51.03;
  • UNECE-R138 for Quiet Cars;
  • US CFR 49 Part 571.141;
  • R117;
  • ASEP;
  • AVAS; and
  • UN-ECE R 41.

These measurement systems with their user-friendly operation, determine the noise level of a passing vehicle by means of two microphones positioned at a distance of 7.5 m from the vehicle track center, as a function of the distance driven.



Simulated Pass-By

With the simulated pass-by application, users optimize the exterior noise at test benches. Thanks to the all-season availability of test benches and the precise reproducibility of measurements thanks to constant conditions (temperature, wind or background noise), extensive exterior noise evaluations with different vehicle variants can be carried out on the dyno test bench to develop a characteristic, recognizable vehicle sound as well as a fast comparative testing and, therefore, better comparability of vehicle modifications.


Idle Noise Measurement

The measurement of idle noise in line with ISO 5130 §6.3 rounds off the PAK system as a comprehensive measuring and analysis tool for measuring exterior noise.

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