Active noise cancellation systems for vehicle interior sound quality refinement

Mingfeng Li, Jie Duan, Teik C. Lim

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The sound quality of the vehicle interior response and fuel efficiency are two important considerations that influence customer purchase decision. However, these two objectives often have opposing design requirements. The reason is because a more fuel efficient vehicle generally requires lower overall weight. On the other hand, to achieve a quieter vehicle with premium sound quality inside the passenger compartment using traditional passive noise control strategy typically leads to a more massive body structure. In recent years, as a response to the need to further improve vehicle interior sound quality, a number of patents on active noise control (ANC) begin to appear. The proposed patented systems basically use a destructive sound wave form to treat the unwanted noise. This approach is gaining popularity as an alternative way to design a quieter car without the cost of weight penalty. This is made possible with recent rapid development of high performance signal processing software and hardware systems. The existing, patented active noise control systems are most effective for suppressing low frequency noise as compared to the traditional passive control applications. Even though the active vehicle noise control technology is not fully matured yet, the number of investigations and related patents in the open literature has risen over the years. Hence, there is merit to review the existing patents on active control of vehicle systems, and to provide a candid discussion on the direction and trend of this capability in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalRecent Patents on Mechanical Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Acoustic noise tuning
  • Active noise control
  • Active noise reduction
  • Active noise suppression
  • Vehicle noise control


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