Automotive Buzz, Squeak and Rattle

Mechanisms, Analysis, Evaluation and Prevention


  • Martin Trapp, Squeak and Rattle Technical Specialist, Ford Experimental Vehicle Department, Michigan, USA
  • Fang Chen, SCT Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company, and Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University, USA

Buzz, squeak, and rattle (BSR) is the automotive industry term for the audible engineering challenges faced by all vehicle and component engineers. Minimizing BSR is of paramount importance when designing vehicle components and whole vehicle assemblies. This is the only book dedicated to the subject. It provides a self-contained reference to the background theory, testing, analysis, and elimination of BSR. Written for practicing engineers and industry researchers, the book has a strong focus on real-world applications making it an ideal handbook for those working in this important area.
Chapters from leading experts from across the motor industry—with input from the design and research labs of Ford, Toyota, Daimler-Chrysler and GM—review the techniques available and provide readers with the appropriate physics, structural dynamics and materials science to address their own BSR issues.
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Professional automotive engineers and graduate students working in the area of automotive design, manufacture and technology; Aerospace and other transport researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners working or interested in BSR (buzz, squeak and rattle)


Book information

  • Published: December 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8496-5


"We have long been waiting for a book like this!"--Professor Percy Wang, University of Birmingham, Alabama, USA
"There are two kinds of vehicle noise, say Trapp and Chen, both with Ford Motor Company. One is constant--engine or road boom noise or wind-- and should be eliminated before they drive customers crazy, or away. It is the other kind of noise that concerns them here, the transient, come- and-go kind that should be addressed next. They write not for mechanics or do-it-yourselfers trying to stop a noise, but for automobile designers who want to avoid creating such sounds in the first place. Among the measures they describe are friction sliding and rattle impact analysis, material pair testing and instrumentation, full-vehicle testing, universal graining to prevent creating noises with plastic and elastic contact partners, preventing squeak and rattle in the design phase using a pragmatic approach, and coatings for low-noise body seals. Graphs, charts, drawings, and photographs help explain matters."--Reference and Research Book News, October 2012

Table of Contents

Overview on Vehicle Buzz, Squeak and Rattle
Friction/Sliding Analysis
Stick-clip charateristics of leather /artificial leather
Material pair testing and instrumentation
Full Vehicle Testing
Buzz, squeak and rattle shaker test
Universal graining to prevent creaking noises with plastic and elastic contact partners
Squeak and rattle CAE simulation using FEA
Squeakand rattle prevention in the design phase using a pragmatic approach
Wear of soft, pliable materials: Real stress scenarios and their simulation
Development of squeak and rattle countermeasures through upfront designs  
Coatings for low-noise body seals