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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1162363 30.09.2004
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001162363
Titel Aktive Geräuschdämpfungssteuervorrichtung mit integrierter Einlassöffnung
Anmelder Siemens VDO Automotive Inc., Chatham, Ontario, CA
Erfinder McLean, Ian R., Chatham, Ontario N7M 3V6, CA;
Vanderveen, James K., Bienheim, Ontario N0P 1A0, CA
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 60105089
Vertragsstaaten DE, FR, GB
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 07.05.2001
EP-Aktenzeichen 012016440
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 12.12.2001
EP date of grant 25.08.2004
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 30.09.2004
IPC-Hauptklasse F02M 35/14

Beschreibung[en]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to an assembly for active control of automotive induction noise.

Manufacturers have employed active and passive methods to reduce engine noise within the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. Such noise frequently emanates from the engine, travels through the air induction system and emanates out of the mouth of the air intake into the passenger compartment. Efforts have been made to reduce the amount of engine noise traveling through the air induction system. These efforts include the use of both passive devices such as expansion chambers and Helmholtz resonators and active devices involving anti-noise generators.

Active noise attenuation systems use a speaker to create a sound that attenuates engine noise. The sound created is out of phase with the engine noise and combines with the engine noise to result in its reduction. Generally, this sound is generated in proximity to the air induction system. In one such system, the speaker is placed in the mouth of air intake duct.

Typically, the speaker and other components of the active noise attenuation system are brought together with the components of the air induction system during vehicle assembly operations. However, separately assembling the noise attenuation system from the air induction system involves additional time-consuming steps. Such steps are undesirable during vehicle production.

An active noise attenuation system is described in EP 0 884 471.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to the present invention there is provided a modular air induction assembly comprising: an air induction body; an air filter operatively attached to said air induction body; a speaker operatively attached to said air induction body; at least one air inlet formed between said speaker and said air induction body; and at least one channel between said air inlet and said air filter to permit air flow to said air filter, characterized in that said air filter is downstream from said speaker.

According to the present invention there is also provided a method of assembling an air induction system comprising; providing an air flow body; attaching a speaker to the air flow body; attaching an air filter to the air flow body downstream of the speaker to form a modular combination; and then assembling the modular combination of air flow body, speaker, and air filter into a vehicle.

In a disclosed embodiment of this invention, the components of the noise attenuation system and the air induction system are combined into a modular unit for quick assembly into a vehicle. The modular assembly includes an air induction body on which components of each system are attached. The air induction body may then be inserted into the remaining components of the air induction system, thereby avoiding additional assembly steps during vehicle production.

The modular assembly comprises an air induction body with an attached air filter from the air induction system as well as a speaker from the noise attenuation system. An air inlet is formed between the speaker and the air induction body to permit air flow into the air induction system. A channel directs air from the air inlet to the air filter. This channel may be partially formed by a channel body, which may be a speaker housing or the air filter itself.

A control unit is in communication with the speaker and controls the speaker in a manner known in the art to attenuate engine noise. A sensor may supply data to the control unit for noise attenuation purposes. The air flow body may comprise a first portion and a second portion that are connected to each other to permit access to attached components for service.

With this assembly, a single modular unit is provided. The air flow body has elements of the air induction system and elements of the noise attenuation system all residing on the same body. This modular combination may then be quickly assembled into a vehicle during vehicle assembly operations. There is no longer a need to assemble the attached components at a point in production inconvenient to the automotive manufacturer. Moreover, following vehicle production and during the life of the vehicle, this combination may be removed and disassembled easily for quick service of the attached air induction and noise attenuation components. In this manner, the invention reduces the number of production steps and thereby simplifies and reduces the costs of vehicle production.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The various features and advantages of this invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description of the currently preferred embodiment. The drawings that accompany the detailed description can be briefly described as follows:

  • Figure 1 shows an embodiment of the invention, including air flow body, speaker, and air filter.
  • Figure 2 shows the embodiment of Figure 1 in relation to a vehicle throttle body and engine.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Figure 1 illustrates an embodiment of the invention, a modular air induction assembly, comprising air induction body 10, air filter 14, and speaker 18. As shown, air filter 14 and speaker 18 are operatively attached to air induction body 10. Here, in this particular embodiment, air filter 14 is a radial filter directly supported by air induction body 10. The combination of air induction body 10, air filter 14, and speaker 14 are modular to permit easy installation as part of a vehicle's air induction system.

Speaker 18 is of the type well known and used for noise attenuation systems and is supported by speaker housing 22. Speaker housing 22 may be mounted by struts 26 and attached to air induction body 10. At least one air inlet 30 may be formed between speaker 18 and air induction body 10 to permit air flow to air filter 14. Air passes air inlet 30 through channel 34, which is between air inlet 30 and air filter 14. Channel 34 may be at least partially formed by channel body, such as speaker housing 22 or air filter 14 as shown, or separately formed as part of the molding of air induction body 10.

Housed and supported by speaker housing 22 may be control unit 38, which is in communication with speaker 18 and controls speaker output as known in the art in a manner to attenuate engine noise. Control unit 38 may comprise a processor and audio amplifier as known. Sensors 42 and 46 may also be in communication with control unit 38. Sensor 42 is an error microphone while sensor 46 may be an engine speed sensor, such as a tachometer. Both sensors are commonly used and known in noise attenuation systems.

As a consequence of this modular assembly, air filter 14, speaker 18, and control unit 38 are easily installed as part of an air induction system during vehicle production. Figure 2 illustrates the invention in its environment. Shown schematically are throttle body 64 and engine 68. In production sleeve 72 or other connection means known in the art receives the entire unit, including air induction body, speaker 18, control unit 38, and filter 14. The unit of Figure 1 may be simply inserted into sleeve 72.

Additionally, air induction body 10 may comprise at least first portion 50 and second portion 54 and connection 60, which selectively permits disassembly of air induction body 10 into separate portions as known. Air filter 14, speaker 18, control unit 38 and other internal elements of air flow body 10 are then accessible. Accordingly, not only does the modular assembly permit its easy installation on the vehicle but allows for service of air filter 14, speaker 18, and control unit 38 following initial installation.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Modulare Luftansaugsystem-Baugruppe, die Folgendes beinhaltet:
    • einen Luftansaugkörper (10);
    • einen Luftfilter (14), der operativ an besagtem Luftansaugkörper (10) befestigt ist;
    • einen Lautsprecher (18), der operativ an besagtem Luftansaugkörper (10) befestigt ist;
    • mindestens einen Lufteinlass (30), der zwischen besagtem Lautsprecher (18) und besagtem Luftansaugkörper (10) ausgebildet ist; und
    • mindestens einen Kanal (34) zwischen besagtem Lufteinlass (30) und besagtem Luftfilter (14), damit der Luftstrom zu besagtem Luftfilter (14) gelangen kann, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass besagter Luftfilter (14) stromabwärts von besagtem Lautsprecher (18) angebracht ist.
  2. Luftansaugsystem nach Anspruch 1, bei dem besagter Kanal (34) mindestens teilweise durch einen Kanalkörper gebildet wird, der in besagtem Luftansaugkörper (10) angeordnet ist.
  3. Luftansaugsystem nach Anspruch 2, bei dem besagter Kanalkörper ein Lautsprechergehäuse (22) ist.
  4. Luftansaugsystem nach Anspruch 2, bei dem besagter Kanalkörper besagter Luftfilter (14) ist.
  5. Luftansaugsystem nach Anspruch 2, bei dem besagter Kanalkörper besagten Luftfilter (14) und besagtes Lautsprechergehäuse (22) umfasst.
  6. Luftansaugsystem nach Anspruch 1, das weiterhin eine Steuereinheit (38) umfasst, die eine Verbindung zu besagtem Lautsprecher (18) hat, um Motorgeräusche zu dämpfen.
  7. Luftansaugsystem nach Anspruch 6, das weiterhin einen Messwandler (42) umfasst, der eine Verbindung zu besagter Steuereinheit (38) hat.
  8. Luftansaugsystem nach Anspruch 1, bei dem besagter Luftansaugkörper zumindest einen ersten Anteil (50) und einen zweiten Anteil (54) beinhaltet, die selektiv miteinander verbunden sind.
  9. Verfahren zur Montage eines Luftansaugsystems, das Folgendes beinhaltet:
    • Bereitstellung eines Luftdurchsatzkörpers (10);
    • Befestigung eines Lautsprechers (18) am Luftdurchsatzkörper (10);
    • Befestigung eines Luftfilters (14) am Luftdurchsatzkörper (10) stromabwärts vom Lautsprecher, um eine modulare Kombination zu schaffen; und
    • dann Einbau der modularen Kombination aus Luftdurchsatzkörper (10), Lautsprecher (18) und Luftfilter (14) in ein Fahrzeug.
  10. Verfahren nach Anspruch 9, das weiterhin den Schritt der Zerlegung der modularen Kombination zu Wartungs- und Reparaturzwecken beinhaltet.
Anspruch[en]
  1. A modular air induction assembly comprising:
    • an air induction body (10);
    • an air filter (14) operatively attached to said air induction body (10);
    • a speaker (18) operatively attached to said air induction body (10);
    • at least one air inlet (30) formed between said speaker (18) and said air induction body (10); and
    • at least one channel (34) between said air inlet (30) and said air filter (14) to permit air flow to said air filter (14), characterized in that said air filter (14) is downstream from said speaker (18).
  2. The air induction system of claim 1 wherein said channel (34) is at least partially formed by a channel body disposed in said air induction body (10).
  3. The air induction system of claim 2 wherein said channel body is a speaker housing (22).
  4. The air induction system of claim 2 wherein said channel body is said air filter (14).
  5. The air induction system of claim 2 wherein said channel body comprises said air filter (14) and said speaker housing (22).
  6. The air induction system of claim 1 further including a control unit (38) in communication with said speaker (18) to attenuate engine noise.
  7. The air induction system of claim 6 further including a sensor (42) in communication with said control unit (38).
  8. The air induction system of claim 1 wherein said air flow body comprises at least a first portion (50) and a second portion (54) selectively connected to each other.
  9. A method of assembling an air induction system comprising;

       providing an air flow body (10);

       attaching a speaker (18) to the air flow body (10);

       attaching an air filter (14) to the air flow body (10) downstream of the speaker to form a modular combination; and

       then assembling the modular combination of air flow body (10), speaker (18), and air filter (14) into a vehicle.
  10. The method of claim 9 further including the step of disassembling the modular combination for service.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Ensemble modulaire d'admission d'air comprenant

       un corps d'admission d'air (10) ;

       un filtre à air (14) fonctionnellement fixé audit corps d'admission d'air (10) ;

       un haut-parleur (18) fonctionnellement fixé audit corps d'admission d'air (10) ;

       au moins une prise d'air (30) formée entre ledit haut-parleur (18) et ledit corps d'admission d'air (10), et

       au moins un canal (34) entre ladite prise d'air (30) et ledit filtre à air (14) pour permettre l'écoulement d'air jusqu'audit filtre à air (14), caractérisé en ce que ledit filtre à air (14) est en aval dudit haut-parleur (18).
  2. Système d'admission d'air selon la revendication 1 dans lequel ledit canal (34) est au moins partiellement formé par un corps de canal disposé dans ledit corps d'admission d'air (10).
  3. Système d'admission d'air selon la revendication 2 dans lequel ledit corps de canal est un logement de haut-parleur (22).
  4. Système d'admission d'air selon la revendication 2 dans lequel ledit corps de canal est ledit filtre à air (14).
  5. Système d'admission d'air selon la revendication 2 dans lequel ledit corps de canal est constitué par ledit filtre à air (14) et ledit logement de haut-parleur (22).
  6. Système d'admission d'air selon la revendication 1 comprenant par ailleurs une unité de commande (38) en communication avec ledit haut-parleur (18) pour atténuer le bruit du moteur.
  7. Système d'admission d'air selon la revendication 6 comprenant par ailleurs un capteur (42) en communication avec ladite unité de commande (38).
  8. Système d'admission d'air selon la revendication 1 dans lequel ledit corps d'écoulement d'air est constitué au moins d'une première partie (50) et d'une seconde partie (54) raccordées sélectivement l'une à l'autre.
  9. Procédé d'assemblage d'un système d'admission d'air comprenant :
    • l'aménagement d'un corps d'écoulement d'air (10) ;
    • la fixation d'un haut-parleur (18) au corps d'écoulement d'air (10) ;
    • la fixation d'un filtre à air (14) au corps d'écoulement d'air (10) en aval du haut-parleur pour former une combinaison modulaire, et ensuite
    • l'assemblage de la combinaison modulaire du corps d'écoulement d'air (10), du haut-parleur (18) et du filtre à air (14) dans un véhicule.
  10. Procédé selon la revendication 9 comprenant par ailleurs. l'étape de désassemblage de la combinaison modulaire pour entretien.






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A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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