Many applications are subject to extreme environments where Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH), and shock are prevalent. These conditions can wear down mechanical and bonded joints, mating surfaces and device ruggedization or negatively impact end customer satisfaction with unwanted noise. Integrating components that effectively absorb, prevent or distribute this extra, intermittent energy enables smoother, quieter, more reliable performance by end users. Boyd offers a wide variety of solutions to reduce NVH and absorb shock. By selecting the right material, manufacturing process, and geometry for products like vibration isolators, stamped dampers, grommets, bumpers and cushions, Boyd enables device and technology designers to focus on improving the functionality of end products instead of troubleshooting NVH and shock issues. Types of NVH & Shock Solutions: DAMPERS: Vibration damping can be added to a structure in many ways to reduce excessive resonant behavior. The most common type is material-based damping created by straining visco-elastic materials (VEM) in either shear or tension/compression. Performance is optimized by selecting a VEM with maximum loss factor in the temperature and frequency range of interest, and with a stiffness range that maximizes strain energy in the damping element. Vibration damping requires optimization through material selection, treatment design and placement to ensure good performance. ABSORBERS/BARRIERS: For conditions involving excessive radiated noise, a common countermeasure is to enclose the noise source with acoustic absorbing materials to reduce noise levels before they are transmitted to the receiver. Often a dense barrier layer is incorporated to reduce the transmission of noise through the enclosure. Design parameters like foam type, thickness and cover films laminated to the foam are adjusted to achieve good acoustic absorption over the needed frequency range. ISOLATORS: A common method to mitigate vibration transmission is to insert compliant materials that isolate and de-couple the vibration. These isolating materials are converted into many geometries in a wide range of parts from die-cut isolation gaskets, grommets, bumpers or cushions, to molded rubber components. The isolator is selected to be as compliant as possible and with optimum damping to control unwanted amplification.
- Noise & vibration measurement tools
- CAD design support
- Quick turn prototyping
- UL94 approved/RoHS compliant material options
- Densified materials: filled PVC, masticated rubbers
- Woven synthetic, stainless steel or sintered metal wire mesh screens
- Stamped metal dampers
- Molded rubber isolation grommets, o-rings & custom rubber components
- Airflow directors, "tortured" path lined ducts
- Plastic or metal acoustic mesh (acoustically transparent or controlled impedance)
- Damped laminate metal sub-components
- Tuned vibration dampers & dynamic absorbers
- Custom dual function treatments (ie. constrained layer damper + EMI shielding + shock cushion + thermal heat spreader, etc.)
In addition to NVH, bushings and washers offer mechanical benefits and electrical insulation. This increases the structural integrity, electrical performance and reliability of the device.
Cushions and Pads are easy, cost-efficient solutions that combat friction and vibration. They also aid in protecting applications and solution from mechanical wear and tear.