Design of Shift Fork and Sleeve Optimized towards Future Application of Powder Metal 2020-01-1322
The paper will present the design of shift fork for automotive manual gearbox dedicated for the manufacturing with powder metal technology. Based on limitations and requirements of new production technology of shifting sleeve, the new design of shifting sleeve and shifting fork are created. The prototypes of shift fork and sleeve were built, but for cost reasons, were manufactured from steel. The functionality of several forks with different tolerances was tested. Prototypes were put through functional and durability tests on testing bench in real automotive gearbox. The tests were accomplished on the inertia test stand. Drawings and CAD models of tested prototypes, custom tools and designed shift forks are described in detail in this article.