Browse Publications Technical Papers 2001-01-1504

Errors in the Driveline System Balancing Process 2001-01-1504

Single-plane balancing is a very well-understood process, whereby an imbalance vector is determined and then opposed by a similar vector of equal magnitude but 180° out of phase. This is used in many situations to improve machine performance, vibration, noise etc. However, there is inherent in this process a sensitivity to errors of measurement and correction, since a large imbalance vector and the equally large correction vector must be of exactly equal magnitude and exactly 180° apart for perfect balance. This paper examines the effect of errors in measurement of the initial imbalance and correction of it on the residual balance of automotive drivelines. In particular, it examines the effects of the errors present in a system whereby a system balance correction is made, on a driveline assembly, at discrete points around a given plane (at bolt locations). Errors occur in measurement of vibration, in calculating correction masses and in applying those correction masses. The errors are examined in terms of quantifying their magnitude and effect on the system. The paper concludes there is a practical limit to the balance that can be achieved primarily due to the fact that corrections are applied to a measured imbalance and not the actual imbalance.


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