Sound or silence - Active noise control for diverse drive concepts

Ludwigsburg, 11th September, 2013 – noise reduction with combustion engines, sound simulation for hybrid and electric cars, individual sound branding – these are the tasks carried out by the innovative sound application "Active noise control" (ANC) from MANN+HUMMEL.

Compared to passive systems on the intake side the new ANC system uses less space because it does without large resonators. It consists of a controller from Eberspächer, supplier of exhaust and air conditioning technology, and of the loudspeaker and microphone components from MANN+HUMMEL.

The basic principle is that depending on speed and load the controller supplies a signal with the right phase to the loudspeaker. The sound component emitted by the loudspeaker then overlaps with the engine noise. In this process, the peaks and valleys of sound oscillations meet and cancel each other out. A microphone measures the deviation from the required value to enable a control loop. The loudspeaker and microphone are integrated in air cleaner systems developed by MANN+HUMMEL. Depending on the application, the ANC can have various functions:

  • reduction of the noise of combustion engines,
  • generation of simulated operational noise or warning sounds for electric/hybrid cars,
  • sound design and branding to smooth the acoustic transition between operation of the combustion engine and the electric motor in a hybrid car or to generate a custom sound of a particular brand.

The ANC system has been successfully tested on a chassis dynamometer test bench and is now being further developed and prepared for series production.

Less noise emissions with combustion engines
The ANC system can be used to successfully reduce the noise of combustion engines. For this purpose, depending on the speed and load, the controller supplies the right phase to the loudspeaker. The sound component emitted from the loudspeaker overlaps the engine noise whereby the peaks and valleys of sound oscillations meet and thus cancel each other out. The special feature of the ANC is that the system from MANN+HUMMEL is effective in a significantly wider frequency range than conventional resonators and reduces the noise more efficiently. In addition, the ANC system is more compact and requires less room in the engine compartment which is chronically short of space.

Hybrid and electric drives: enhanced safety through audible sound
A further application area of the ANC system is the selective generation of simulated operational noise or warning sounds for electric and hybrid cars. These vehicles, especially at low speeds, are relatively quiet with minimal tyre or wind noise and therefore pedestrians and cyclists can hardly hear them. The ANC system makes these vehicles noticeable through simulated driving or warning noise and this helps to avoid moments of shock or danger. In some countries simulated driving or warning noise is already a statutory requirement.

Sound branding: the acoustics to match the car
If a certain engine noise has to match the marque or car type, or if undesired or unusual car noise has to be positively influenced, the ANC system from MANN+HUMMEL offers the possibility to generate a distinct sound design and branding. The ANC can be used to create and fine-tune a special brand sound. Also for objectionable acoustic transitions, e.g. with a hybrid vehicle during the changeover from the combustion engine to the electric motor, the ANC is able to smooth over frequencies and optimise the acoustic presence.

ANC underlines the acoustic expertise of MANN+HUMMEL
The ANC system allows MANN+HUMMEL to further extend its product range to include the acoustic improvement of cars. The acoustic specialist offers partners the right solution for all applications – from broadband dampeners to sound pipes and so-called symposers.




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The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a leading global expert for filtration solutions and development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Employing 14,575 people at more than 50 locations worldwide, the company achieved turnover of approx. 2.6 billion euros in 2012. The group's product portfolio includes air cleaner systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and plastic components for sound design, so-called symposers, and filter elements for the servicing of motor vehicles. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial applications the company's product range includes industrial filters and membrane filters for water filtration and filter systems.