Efficient prediction of construction equipment exterior and cabin interior noise over broad frequency range using novel SEA method



Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) is commonly used for the prediction of interior cabin noise from construction equipment such as excavators, dump trucks, or graders. While traditional SEA method is computationally efficient and effective for the prediction of total radiated noise, it isn’t suitable for prediction of sound diffraction around machinery and evaluation of spatial variations in sound field. As a result, prediction of cabin airborne interior noise transmission using SEA method typically requires experimental measurements in order to estimate incident sound field over the exterior boundary of the cab which makes it unsuitable for use in early stage design where test data isn’t available. A novel SEA method that accounts for spatial gradients in the reverberant field has been developed and is introduced in this paper. It’s usage for prediction of both exterior and cab interior noise over broad frequency range is demonstrated along with experimental validation for construction equipment under operating conditions.