On-board Sound Intensity (OBSI) System

OBSI System Overview

AVEC, Inc. offers an On-Board Sound Intensity (OBSI) system to measure tire-pavement noise. The hardware and software specifications are based on the current AASHTO standard (T 360-16: Standard Method of Test for Measurement of Tire/Pavement Noise Using the On-Board Sound Intensity (OBSI) Method). The software and hardware components can be bought separately to upgrade an existing system or as a turn-key system including:

  • AVEC's OBSI Software with USB remote for easy software control.
  • AVEC's OBSI Fixture (see details below).
  • Two (2) GRAS 1/2" Intensity Probes (4 microphones), IEPE or externally polarized.
  • National Instruments DAQ (USB-9234, 4 channels).
  • GRAS 42AB Sound level calibrator.
  • Semi-rugged Laptop (with software pre-installed).
  • Plastic carrying case for OBSI system.
  • Wind screens and cables for intensity probes.
  • DC/AC converter.
  • Required tools.

Other optional items include:

  • Laptop car mount.
  • Standard tire and wheel hub.

OBSI Software

The OBSI software is the core of the system, designed with ease of use as the main priority. The layout and functionality reduce user interaction required during the test, and thus help minimize test time. Features like instant run validation and multi-section testing provide a hassle-free user experience. Software features include:

  • Intuitive user interface optimized for testing multiple road sections.
  • Processing and analysis according to latest AASHTO Standard.
  • Instantaneous feedback about validity of runs.
  • Automated report generation (word processor).
  • Figures and results can be easily exported (spreadsheets, word processor, etc.).
  • USB remote for easy software control during testing.
  • Perpetual license (annual renewal not required).

Other software features include:

  • Data acquisition, processing, analysis, and report using same software.
  • Intensity levels can be viewed as a function of time or distance.
  • Automated file naming facilitates data acquisition.
  • Automated microphone calibration procedure.
  • Most settings can be modified for research purposes.
  • Intensity levels available in narrowband and 1/3rd Octave bands.

OBSI Fixture

The OBSI hardware features include:

  • Aluminum and stainless steel construction.
  • Magnetic stabilizer attachment.
  • Adjustable microphone positions (for research purposes).
  • Cable management system.
  • Easy to setup and carry.

Turn-key OBSI system inside carrying case