Weight Reduction Feasibility of Engine Components Concerning Noise and Vibration Characteristics 2009-01-2049
We assessed the feasibility of weight reduction concerning noise and vibration characteristics for engine components. Three alternatives were plastic intake manifold, stamped steel oil pan, and no balance shaft. The assessment indices were engine noise level, engine mount bracket vibration, and engine block vibration. Reducing the reciprocating mass and applying design alternatives made the removal of balance shaft feasible. The lightweight plastic intake manifold was beneficial to the engine vibration with a little improvement to the engine noise. The stamped steel oil pan, with optimal structural ribs design and EMS calibration, offered all the benefits of weight, vibration, and noise improvements.