Rapid Evaluation of Powertrain Subsystems and Components 2000-01-3545
This article describes both a computer-aided engineering tool - a computer model - utilized in accelerating design tasks and also the process of building a powertrain design knowledge. The computer model, which integrates engineering and analysis phases into the design process, has been developed to enable rapid evaluation of new powertrain concepts. The model determines the basic geometry of engine and transmission subsystems and components, and allows automation of the engineering and analysis processes. Examples of application of the tool in evaluation of powertrain concepts and the design of components and subsystems are also given.