Design for Reliability of an Engine Timing Chain 2009-01-0206
This paper presents a design for reliability methodology based on the DfSS DCOV process, applied to the development of a cost effective timing chain drive for a four cylinder diesel engine. A CAE model for the timing chain drive was used to study the distribution of the chain loads, which provided an essential input both for the concept selection stage and for the development of a reliability model for the timing chain. A DoE study on the CAE model aimed at investigating the significant factors for chain load variability lead to a reliability improvement achieved by reducing the variability in the chain load through revising the tolerances for the sprocket tooth profile. The paper demonstrates the efficiency of the process and the usefulness of computer simulation in achieving reliability and robustness enhancement while reducing design and development time and costs.