CAE approach for Plastic Valve Cover System- Part 2 2006-01-0827
The Plastic Valve Cover System (PVCS) should provides a leak proof seal to the cylinder head under engine temperature, isolate the vibrations transmitted from the engine through the cover to the environment, control the crankcase pressure and house the device to separate oil from the blow-by gas. In order to increase the stiffness of PVCS, short glass fibers and minerals are added during the injection molding of the plastic valve cover. The presence of the fibers results in a component with highly anisotropic thermo-mechanical properties that was not accounted in the previously approach . This paper describes the updated CAE approach with the incorporation of the short fiber anisotropy into the design of cylinder head valve covers.