Browse Publications Technical Papers 2009-01-2069
2009-05-19

Characterizing the Onset of Manual Transmission Gear Rattle Part II: Analytical Results 2009-01-2069

Lumped parameter analysis is a simple and commonly used technique for performing torsional analysis or design parameter sensitivity studies on automotive powertrains and drivelines. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the application of lumped parameter analysis to manual transmission gear rattle. A representative model is developed for a FWD manual transmission, as operated in a dynamometer test cell. Once validated by experimental data, the model is used to investigate the influence on gear rattle of parameters not readily modified or controlled during hardware evaluations. A sinusoidal torque is used to excite the system, and a signal processing technique similar to that derived in Part I of this two part paper is used to identify the inception of gear rattle. Functional relations for torque losses associated with shafts, gears, seals, lubricating oil flow and bearing clearances as a function of basic design parameters are included within the model. Correlation between the lumped parameter model and experimental results contained in Part I are presented. The effects of modifying basic design and operating parameters associated with various subsystems of the manual transmission are reported.

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