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Switching Roller Finger Follower Meets Lifetime Passenger Car Durability Requirements 2012-01-1640

An advanced variable valve actuation (VVA) system is characterized following end-of-life testing to enable fuel economy solutions for passenger car applications. The system consists of a switching roller finger follower (SRFF) combined with a dual feed hydraulic lash adjuster and an oil control valve that are integrated into a four cylinder gasoline engine. The SRFF provides discrete valve lift capability on the intake valves. The motivation for designing this type of VVA system is targeted to improve fuel economy by reducing the air pumping losses during part load engine operation. This paper addresses the durability of a SRFF for meeting passenger car durability requirements. Extensive durability tests were conducted for high speed, low speed, switching, and cold start operation. High engine speed test results show stable valvetrain dynamics above 7000 engine rpm. System wear requirements met end-of-life criteria for the switching, sliding, rolling and torsion spring interfaces. One important metric for evaluating wear is to monitor the change in valve lash. The lifetime requirements for wear showed that lash changes are within the acceptable window. The mechanical aspects exhibited robust behavior over all tests including the slider interfaces that contain a diamond like carbon (DLC) coating. A DLC coating was chosen to allow higher slider interface stresses in a compact package. Testing results show that this technology is robust and meets all lifetime requirements with some aspects extending to six times the useful life requirements.


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