Balancer Shaft Development for an In-line 4-Cylinder High Speed Diesel Engine 2008-36-0219
Internal combustion engine noise and vibration are major issues for car makers, and these are even more important for High-Level Pick-ups and SUV's which applies modern diesel engines. One important player in this scenario is the second-order unbalanced forces vibration produced by the conventional in-line 4-cylinder engine configurations, which leads to high-frequency excitation of vehicle's structure and consequent internal noise.
This paper studies a balancer shaft solution for the mentioned engine configuration, as well as major design alternatives and development process and issues. This paper also presents an example of a balancer shaft design and development for a high speed diesel engine, as well as proposes a design/decision matrix methodology. Such methodology, which can be applied to any design or engineering case, helps design engineers make the right decision amongst different options by using a very simple and objective matrix.