Measurements of Power Losses in Automobile Drive Train 840054

Improving the automobile fuel economy, it is necessary to measure the power loss of the drive train with high accuracy.
The authors propose a new method for measuring the friction loss of automobile drive train.
This method is based on the measurement of temperature rise of lubricant due to the friction in a drive train, and allows us to separate the friction loss into the lubricant churning loss and the gear friction loss.
Applying the new method to a manual transmission and a rear axle, the friction loss of automobile drive train was measured with much higher accuracy, and effects of the gear ratio, input shaft speed, lubricant temperature, kinematic viscosity and differences of drive train on the friction loss have been revealed.


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