A New Variable Valve Engine Applying Shuttle Cam Mechanism 920450
Variable-valve-actuation mechanism is considered to be one of the most suitable solutions to realize the compatibility between higher power output and performances in the practical speed range. A new variable-valve-actuation mechanism named “Shuttle Cam” was designed and studied. In this mechanism which was applied to a conventional motorcycle engine with rocker arms and gear-train-driven valve system, the cam gears move along the idler gear. And cam shafts simultaneously slide along the rocker-arm slipper surfaces which are concentric with the idler gear. Consequently valve lift varies continuously in accordance with the alteration in the rocker-arm lever ratio and the cam phasing changes simultaneously in accordance with the cam gear rotation.
Result of the experiments has confirmed that the mechanism functions accurately even at high speeds up to 10,000 rpm and some improvements were achieved in power output, fuel consumption, idling quality, and exhaust-noise level.