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2013-09-24
Technical Paper
2013-01-2382
Venkatesh Narayanan, Karalmarx R, Sai Sankaranarayana, Kalyankumar Hatti
The Bogie suspensions ensure better stability at higher loads and also give the utmost reliability under extreme climatic conditions with minimum maintenance. Many vehicle manufactures have adopted for the bogie suspension at rear based on its advantages. The noises generated from the vehicle in the field includes engine noises and flow noises and hence it is very difficult to clearly discern the noise generated from suspension system of the vehicle [1]. Most suspension system noises do not come from a single part but they are caused by the coupling action between related parts, making it difficult to clearly identify the exact cases. This paper details the overall approach to identify the bogie suspension noise on a commercial vehicle and countermeasures to reduce the same.
2013-09-24
Technical Paper
2013-01-2368
Harish Harinarayanan
Commercial vehicle payload depends on the client for which the vehicle fleet owner is operating. Load carriers like flatbed trailer offer the flexibility to be loaded with a large number of light payloads or a few numbers of massive payloads. Such load carriers have to be evaluated for various possibilities of loading patterns that could happen in the market. The objective of this work is to evaluate flatbed trailer for its structural strength for different customer application cases, using computer simulation. Structural load cases due to payloads like containers, steel coils and cement bags are arrived at. Static structural analysis using MSC Nastran is performed to evaluate for the worst customer loading pattern from structural stress point of view. This paper also describes a simplified method for simulating the effect of trailer suspension, tractor suspension and the fifth-wheel coupling in the analysis whose detailed modeling is not possible at the concept level.
2013-09-24
Technical Paper
2013-01-2343
Arunkumar Sengottuvel, Muralidharan Chennakrishnan, Kalyankumar Hatti
Transfer function measurements are the basis for construction of conventional test based source-path-receiver model of a vehicle. Interior noise of a vehicle can be synthesized using source excitation (both acceleration at source and near source sound pressure level) and its corresponding transfer function (Vibro-Acoustic Transfer Function (VATF) and Acoustic Transfer Function (ATF) respectively) to the interior of vehicle. Ideally ATF should be linear and independent of sound source, dependent only on size of air cavities, body structure and its material characteristics in between receiver and source location. But practically because of the type of excitation signal used to excite the sound source and characteristics of sound source itself, there is a possibility of variations in amplitude of acoustic transfer function.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0182
Raunak Santosh, Vijayakumar Chekuri
Abstract Rapid growth in the Indian economy has led to new market trends for commercial vehicles. Customers now expect high levels of comfort from all tactile points in a truck cabin; the gear lever knob is frequently used and its reactions greatly influence how a driver perceives Gear Shift Quality (GSQ) and thereby vehicle quality. The subjectivity of human perception is difficult to measure objectively; therefore this paper represents an objective methodology to correlate customer feedback of gearshift reactions. For the attribute evaluation of a set of intermediate commercial vehicles; detailed subjective appraisals were conducted by expert level assessors for GSQ sub-attributes, and a consecutive objective measurement was performed to investigate and substantiate these vehicle assessments.
2017-01-10
Technical Paper
2017-26-0319
Manikandan Rajaraman, Srinivasa Chandra V, C Karthikeyan
Abstract A full-bodied validation of automotive system emphasis on a comprehensive coverage of failure modes of component on one hand and evaluation with full system for the intended function of single component on the other has for long been cumbersome to most commercial vehicle manufacturers. This paper focuses on optimizing the test method in rig testing to relieve the complexity in the structural validation as whole system level. The methodology proposed by authors focuses on accelerating the vibration testing of component by compressing the validation timelines by using CSCPV (Combined Systematic Calculated and Pre Validation) method. This method selects the components of the system for validation by VFTM (Vital Few and Trivial Many) approach from existing testing database failure data and selects the worst predominant failure cases. This CSCPV method uses systematically calculated representing mass from analysis to validate the intended component alone instead of entire system.
2015-01-14
Technical Paper
2015-26-0101
Arun Sivasubrahmaniyan, Abhishek Kumar Jaishwal, Girish R Warrier, Sriram Tharaneetharan, Kalyan Hatti
Abstract This paper describes a methodology for design and development of On-Board Diagnostic system (OBD) with an objective to improve current reliability process in order to ensure design & quality of the new system as per requirement of commercial vehicle technology. OBD is a system that detects failures which adversely affect emissions and illuminates a MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp) to inform the driver of a fault which may lead to increase in emissions. OBD provides standard and unrestricted access for diagnosis and repair. Below given Figure 1 shows the working principle of OBD system. The exhaust emission of a vehicle will be controlled primarily by Engine Control Unit (ECU) and Exhaust Gas After Treatment Control (EGAS CU). These two control units determine the combined operating strategies of the engine and after treatment device. Figure 1 Modern Control Architecture for OBD System in Commercial vehicle [1
2015-09-29
Technical Paper
2015-01-2784
Aravindraj Alaguvel, Vijayakumar Chekuri
Abstract Improved economic growth and infrastructure in India has led to new market trends for commercial vehicles. Customers now expect high levels of comfort from all tactile points in a truck cabin; among them the gearlever knob is frequently used and its reactions greatly influence how a driver perceives gearshift quality (GSQ) and thereby vehicle quality. The importance of the gear shift quality of manual transmissions has increased significantly over the past few years as the refinement of other vehicle systems has increased. In Gearbox, synchroniser is the major component whose performance will affect the peak engagement force to a large extent. Synchroniser mechanism allows gear change to be smooth, noiseless and without vibrations. Since the maximum synchronisation effort vary depending on the rate of the shift actuation, it is difficult to compare synchronisers in different transmissions by force alone.
2015-09-29
Technical Paper
2015-01-2791
Srinivas Anantharaman, Manoj Baskaran
Abstract Nozzles tip Temperature (NTT) of an injector is a critical parameter for an engine as far as reliability of engine is concerned. It is required to ensure that the injectors operate under its operational limit because higher operating temperatures would result in enlargement of the nozzle spray tip, resulting in higher through flow, producing more undesirable power. This could result in failure of other components in the engine. In this paper we identify the various parameters that are critical for NTT and thereby predict the NTT by having the known input parameters. Response surface methodology and artificial neural network are used to identify the parameters, estimate the significance of each parameter and predict the NTT. Based on this analysis, even without the use of an instrumented injector NTT can be predicted at various working conditions of the vehicle on different terrains.
2015-01-14
Technical Paper
2015-26-0116
Chinmay Kshirsagar
Abstract Engines of commercial vehicles deliver significant amount of power (more than 25% of propulsive power) for non-propulsive loads such as air-conditioner, alternator, air compressor, radiator fan, steering oil pump, lights etc. Use of these auxiliaries cause sub-optimal utilization of engine power resulting in increased fuel consumption and emissions. A fuel cell powered auxiliary power unit (FC-APU) is proposed to isolate the auxiliaries from the engine. Use of FC-APU shall help improve load carrying capacity, gradeability, fuel efficiency and emissions of the vehicle. This paper describes a mathematical system level model developed using MATLAB-SIMULINK to estimate auxiliary power consumption and simulate FC-APU system. A statistical analysis is performed on the power consumed by various auxiliaries during different duty cycles. The data is used to propose a FC- APU system. Fuel cell is the most expensive component in the system.
2014-09-30
Technical Paper
2014-01-2431
Sauhard Singh, Reji Mathai, Ved Singh, A K Sehgal, B Basu, R K Malhotra, S Nagarajan, S Yoganandam, G Senthil Kumar, G Gopal
Abstract In this paper, experimental evaluation was carried out on a 6.0 L heavy duty CNG engine which has been optimized for 18 percent hydrogen blended CNG (HCNG). Optimization test results shows that use of HCNG results in reduced CO, THC & CH4 emissions by 39, 25 & 25 percent respectively and increase in NOx by 32 percent vis-a-vis CNG. After optimization the engine was subjected to endurance test of 600 hours as per 15 mode engine simulated city driving cycle with HCNG. The performance & emission characteristics of the engine were analyzed after completion of every 100 hours as per European Transient Cycle (ETC). Test results indicate that there were no significant changes observed in engine power output over the complete endurance test of 600 hrs with HCNG. Specific fuel consumption (SFC) measurements were consistent at all the 15 modes of engine simulated city driving cycle.
2015-09-29
Technical Paper
2015-01-2736
T.E. Harikrishna, P Murali, M Mufti
Abstract Vehicle handling is an important attribute that is directly related to vehicle safety. The rapid development of road infrastructure has resulted in a greater focus on safety and stability. Commercial vehicle stability and safety assumes higher significance because of high center of gravity (CG) and heavier loads. A gamut of parameters influence vehicle handling directly and indirectly. However, it is quite difficult to gauge through physical testing, the extent of each parameter's influence on handling. Therefore, this paper examines vehicle handling by way of a sensitivity analysis through numerical simulation. A prototype vehicle is also instrumented and tested to confirm trends and validate the results of the simulation.
2015-09-29
Technical Paper
2015-01-2720
Sundarram Arunachalam, Ramprabhu Kannan, Jayaramareddy Sekar
Abstract Steering gear box function is one of the important requirements in heavy vehicles in order to reduce driver fatigue. Improper functioning of steering gear box not only increases the driver fatigue, also concerns the safety of the vehicle. In this present investigation, the engine oil mixing up with steering oil has been identified and steering gear box failure has been observed in the customer vehicle. The root cause of failure has been analyzed. Based on the investigations, in particular design of steering pump has been failed at customer end. The same design of steering pump were segregated and analyzed. Initial pressure mapping study has been conducted. The pressure mapping results revealed that the cavity pressure obstructs the flow of suction pressure. It indicates that obstacle at suction port due to the existence of internal leakage that causes back pressure in the internal cavity of steering pump which sucks engine oil.
2015-09-29
Technical Paper
2015-01-2726
Balaji Lomada, N G Rajakumar, V Vijaykumar
Abstract Commercial vehicles have steering systems with one or more steering links connecting the steering gear box pitman arm and front axle steering arm. In case of twin steer vehicles, intermediate pivot arm is used to transfer the motion proportionately between the two front axles. Intermediate pivot arm is also used in some longer front over-hang vehicles to overcome their packaging constraints and to optimize the mechanical leverage. The pivot shaft is a mechanical part of the intermediate pivot arm assembly upon which pivot arm can swivel in one axis. Steering forces transferred through the drag links generates resultant forces and bending moments on the pivot shaft. In this work, study has been carried out on premature failure of the pivot shaft in city bus application model (Entry + 1 step). Metallurgical analysis of failed part indicated the failure to be due to fatigue. Pivot shaft was tested in rig with similar load conditions in order to replicate the failure.
2015-09-29
Technical Paper
2015-01-2767
Sanjay Lakshmanan, Arthanareeswaran Palaniappan, Vijayakumar Chekuri
Abstract The emerging trends in commercial vehicle technology have increased the necessity for critical attribute engineering refinements. Drivability is emerging as one of the most significant attributes in the automotive sector. The degree of smoothness in a vehicle's response to the driver's input is termed as drivability. This attribute has to be rigorously refined in order to achieve brand specific vehicle characteristics, which will ensure a thorough product differentiation. In order to calibrate for a positive drivability feel, a methodology for evaluation of drivability is a prerequisite. The scope of this paper is aimed at describing the methodology for subjective and objective evaluation of drivability attributes in commercial vehicles. Drivability is a highly subjectively perceived attribute, therefore a subjective assessment technique to assess drivability attributes and sub-attributes are essential.
2015-09-29
Technical Paper
2015-01-2766
Sai Venkatesh Muravaneni, Egalaivan Srinivasan, Jagankumar Mari
Abstract Steering wheel being the most used tactile point in a vehicle, its feel and response is an important factor based on which the vehicle quality is judged. Engineering the right feel and response into the system requires knowledge of the objective parameters that relate to the driver perception. Extensive correlation work has been done in the past pertaining to passenger cars, but the driver requirements for commercial vehicles vary significantly. Often it becomes difficult to match the right parameters to the steering feel experienced by the drivers, since most of the standard ISO weave test units used to describe them are of zero or first order parameters. Analyzing the second order parameters gave a better method to reason driver related feel. Also, each subjective attribute was fragmented into sub-attributes to identify the reason for such a rating resulting in the identification of the major subjective parameters affecting driver ratings.
2015-09-29
Technical Paper
2015-01-2754
Deepak Anand Subramanian, Natarajan Siva Kumar, Abdul Rahim
Abstract The commercial vehicle industry is evolving faster with the rise in multifarious aspects deciding a company's progress. In the current scenario, vehicle performance and its reliability in the areas of payload, fuel economy, etc. play vital roles in determining its sustenance in the industry, in addition to reducing driver fatigue and improving comfort levels. Test quality and time is the key to assure and affirm, smooth and quick launch of the product into the market. This paper details on the design of Multi-Axis road data simulator which entails realistic loads onto the components for capturing meaningful information on behavior of the product and recreate the field failure modes. The design was conceptualized keeping in mind both cost (for initial installation and running cost) and time for testing without loss in the convergence factor.
2013-11-27
Technical Paper
2013-01-2850
Aditya Palsule, Nagasuresh Inavolu, M Jaganmohan Rao, Kalyan Hatti
The present work focusses on the Noise &Vibration refinement carried out on a Heavy commercial vehicle (HCV). In a heavy commercial 4×4 vehicle the existence of an auxiliary gearbox (AGB) is primarily for switching between the multiple drive options. The AGB can become an additional source of noise from the drive train. In this particular vehicle the overall noise from the vehicle has particularly been dominated by the noise from the AGB in specific drive options and conditions as experienced during the subjective assessment of the vehicle initially. First assessment was made by modifying the gear tooth geometry and then the gears were changed from spur to helical as a part of the AGB refinement process. The results of both these assessments were compared. A considerable improvement in the AGB noise was thereby achieved.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-1006
Vijay Antony John Britto, Sadasivam Sivasankaran, Ekambaram Loganathan, Saisankaranarayana Kupplili Saisankaranarayana, Kalyankumar Sidram Hatti
The cost incurred to make design modifications to solve NVH problems increases with maturity of design in the development process. Hence NVH issues should be addressed in the initial phase to avoid any significant changes in structure and subsequent changes in overall performance of the vehicle. Hybrid methodology with application of advanced testing and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools to achieve full vehicle NVH attribute targets is nowadays a must for this reason. This paper represents a case study on low frequency NVH performance evaluation and refinement for heavy commercial vehicle truck using Hybrid Test-CAE methodology. To achieve better NVH performance, it is important to set competitive overall vehicle level NVH targets and cascade it down to system and sub-system targets. Test-CAE correlation has been carried out to validate Finite element (FE) modeling procedure and methodology.
2017-01-10
Technical Paper
2017-26-0339
Jagankumar Mari, Egalaivan Srinivasan
Abstract In heavy commercial vehicle segment in India, driver comfort and feel was largely ignored. Fierce competition in the recent years and buyer’s market trend is compelling the designers of heavy truck to focus more on the finer aspects of attribute refinements. Steering is one driver-Vehicle interface which the driver is engaged throughout. Comfort and feel in steering wheel is defined by parameters like steering effort, manoeuvrability, on-center feel & response, cornering feel & response, Torque dead band, return-ability etc. and is influenced by a long list of components and systems in the truck. This study focuses on the influences of jacking torque and steering system friction on the on-center driving performance. Experiments to measure the Jacking torque and steering system friction were conducted in the lab and subjective and objective assessments of on-center driving performance were later conducted at test track in two similar 12 Ton truck to correlate their effects.
2017-07-10
Technical Paper
2017-28-1936
Prasad Padavala, Judsonrajkumar Thaveedu, G Senthilkumar, Jaganmohan Rao Medisetti
Abstract Exterior noise reduction of a vehicle has become important nowadays in order to meet the stringent pass by noise regulations. First step in this process is the identification of dominant noise sources. There are several noise sources which can contribute to the pass by noise like gearbox, turbocharger, oil sump, exhaust muffler, air intake etc. The dominant noise sources can be identified with the near field noise, component vibration measurements combined with experimental modal analysis. This paper discusses about the noise source identification and exterior noise reduction of a shortest wheel base intermediate commercial vehicle, which is having a 4-cylinder inline diesel engine.
2014-09-30
Technical Paper
2014-01-2284
Sunil Raj, S Ravi Shankar
Abstract Automotive component light weighing is one of the major goals for original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) globally. Significant advances are being made in developing light-weight high performance components. In order to achieve weight savings in vehicles, the OEM's and component suppliers are increasingly using ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum, magnesium, plastics and composites. One way is to develop a light weight high performance component through multi material concept. In this present study, a bimetal brake drum of inner ring cast iron and outer shell of aluminum has been made in two different design configurations. In two different designs, 40 and 26% weight saving has been achieved as compared to conventional gray cast iron brake drum. The component level performance has been evaluated by dynamometer test. The heat dissipation and wear behavior has been analyzed.
2014-09-30
Technical Paper
2014-01-2317
Rahul Ramola, G Senthilkumar, P Kannan, Muralidharan Chennakrishnan
Abstract The demand for comfort level in commercial vehicles is steadily increasing. Hence, fine-tuned performance parameters and attributes are required to fulfill the expectations from these vehicles. Refinement of noise and vibration without affecting performances of sub-systems and components has become extremely challenging with increasing customer requirements. This paper presents an approach to identify and reduce the high level whistling noise that was perceived in the passenger compartment while the vehicle was accelerated above 50 kmph. Interior noise measurements in static engine run-up condition reveal that the whistling noise is of specific order. Since, whistling noise is related to aerodynamic response of components, engine cooling fan, turbo charger, alternators and compressors were suspected. Using order tracking and near field measurements, HVAC alternator was confirmed as the main cause for whistling noise.
2017-03-28
Technical Paper
2017-01-0181
Benny Johnson William, Agathaman Selvaraj, Manjeet Singh Rammurthy, Manikandan Rajaraman, V. Srinivasa Chandra
Abstract The modern day automobile customers’ expectations are sky-high. The automotive manufacturers need to provide sophisticated, cost-effective comfort to stay in this competitive world. Air conditioning is one of the major features which provides a better comfort but also adds up to the increase in operating fuel cost of vehicle. According to the sources the efficiency of internal combustion engine is 30% and 70% of energy is wasted to atmosphere. The current Air conditioners in automobiles use Vapour compression system (VCS) which utilizes a portion of shaft power of the engine at its input; this in turn reduces the brake power output and increases the specific fuel consumption (SFC) of the engine. With the current depletion rate of fossil fuels, it is necessary to conserve the available resources and use it effectively which also contributes to maintain a good balance in greenhouse effect thus protecting the environment.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0019
Vijay Antony John Britto, Kalyankumar Sidram Hatti, Sai Sankaranarayana, Sivasankaran Sadasivam, Ekambaram Loganathan
Abstract Commercial vehicle NVH attributes primarily focus on interior noise for driver's comfort and exterior noise for environmental legislation. Major sources for both the interior and exterior noise are power train unit, exhaust and air intake system. This paper focuses on development of Air Intake System (AIS) for better interior and exterior NVH performance for medium and heavy commercial vehicles. For air intake system, structural radiations from its panels and nozzle noise are significant contributors on overall vehicle NVH. Noise generation mechanism in air intake system occurs due to opening and closing of the valves and inlet air column oscillation by sharp pressure pulse from cylinder. Based on benchmarking, vehicle level targets have been arrived, and then cascaded to system and sub-system level targets. For air intake system, targets for nozzle noise at wide open throttle condition have been set for exterior NVH performance.
2013-09-24
Technical Paper
2013-01-2457
Prithiv John, B Sriram, Senthil Kumar R, S Vinoth Kumar, Prakash Ramasamy, C Vijay Ram
Ventilation is a crucial factor affecting passenger comfort in any vehicle. In a non-air-conditioned bus, ventilation caters to the dual requirement of fresh breathing air as well as providing a cooling sensation by enhanced evaporation of sweat. The higher the velocity of air around the passengers, the greater the cooling effect experienced by them. The ventilation mechanism of a non-air-conditioned bus is primarily the air flow through the windows due to relative motion between the bus and the air around it. This paper describes studies carried out to identify the right combination of open windows which would provide optimum air flow at the passenger head level plane in a bus. A bus model with 12 windows, 6 on each side is used for the study and air velocity at certain points in the head level plane, arising out of different combination of window openings is evaluated using CFD.
2017-07-10
Technical Paper
2017-28-1928
Rajesh Babu Channamaneni, P Kannan, Prasad Padavala
Abstract Engine mounts and mounting brackets play a critical role in determining NVH performance of a vehicle. A lot of work has been done in the area of virtual simulation using FE models to study engine mounting system performance and its impact on vehicle level performance. An overall approach towards engine mounting system validation at vehicle level is also very critical to validate simulation results in a prototype based on which further refinement work will be carried. In this paper a detailed procedure for engine mount and mounting bracket physical validation at vehicle level is presented. Various tests to be performed at vehicle level to quantify engine mount and mounting bracket performance parameters is discussed in detail along with measurement procedures and techniques. Test results are interpreted and its impact on overall performance is also explained.
2017-01-10
Journal Article
2017-26-0075
Senthil Kumar G, Gokul Elumalai Kumar
Abstract E85 (85% Ethanol + 15% Gasoline), as an alternative fuel has been widely used in spark ignited engines used in light duty vehicles. However, they are rarely used in spark ignited heavy duty engines. In this study, we used E85 in a 5.8 litre, multi cylinder, turbocharged, multi point - port injected, spark ignited heavy duty engine, to analyze the performance capability. As E85 has higher octane rating, the compression ratio was increased to 11.5:1. Experimental investigation of In-cylinder pressure was done and the engine’s ignition timing and injection duration was calibrated to operate the engine below peak firing pressure limits, without knocking. The experimental results showed that exhaust gas recirculation resulted in lower peak firing pressure and rate of heat release. The results of the engine test showed that E85 can be used in heavy duty spark ignited engines. The scope for future work is on addressing the higher BSFC and cold start from subzero temperature levels.
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