Engine Mount System Achieving Reduced Vibration from an Inline 3 Cylinder Engine Installed in a Utility Vehicle 2015-32-0727
This paper describes an engine mount system that achieves reduced vibration on an industrial type utility vehicle. First the vibration level and direction of the inline three cylinder engine installed in the vehicle was analyzed and based on these results a mount layout that leads to a reduced level of vibration felt by the passengers was developed. Next, this was applied on an actual vehicle and spring characteristics were designed for each mount. The actual spring constants were set such that when considering the engine to be a rigid body, the resonance frequency thereof occurs at an engine speed lower than idle and in addition were set to ensure component strength relative to driving forces and inertial forces that act while the utility vehicle is being driven. Lastly, achievement of significant vibration reduction was confirmed on an actual vehicle showing that this engine mount system is effective at reducing vibration.