1997-11-17

The Effect of a Preload on the Decoupling Efficiency of Exhaust Flexible Coupling Devices 973272

The variation in the decoupling effect of exhaust flexible couplings under a vertical preload caused by changes in the direction of the exhaust pipe routing was investigated. Both self-supporting and underbody flexible couplings were tested. The results indicate that, in general, a preload decreases the decoupling efficiency of both types of flexible couplings. In addition, the results indicate that the efficiency of the flexible coupling is effected by the following three conditions: the direction of preload with respect to gravity, the location of the preload relative to the coupling, and the stiffness of the various components of the flexible coupling.

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