1991-02-25

Heavy Duty Drivetrains - The System and Component Application 910035

Heavy truck drivetrains, while comprised of components produced by various manufacturers, must perform as an integrated system. The system has primary responsibility for transmitting engine power to the ground in a manner that will propel the vehicle over widely varying conditions. In doing so, it must provide long, trouble free life, while optimizing vehicle performance. The properly matched drivetrain system will complement the engine in minimizing vehicle fuel consumption.Standardized component-to-vehicle and component-to-operator interfaces assist the vehicle manufacturer in simplifying his assembly process.Humanistic consideration for driver comfort, and public health and safety further illustrate the necessity for matching and integrating drivetrain components into a system.This paper addresses first, various system traits, then a detailed review of component considerations when matching components and integrating them into a drivetrain system.

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