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Finite Element Model Correlation of an Automotive Propshaft with Internal and External Dampers

In the absence of prototypes, analytical methods such as finite element analysis are very useful in resolving noise and vibration problems, by predicting dynamic behavior of the automotive components and systems. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a simulation technique and involves making assumptions that affect analytical results. Acceptance and use of these results is greatly enhanced through test validation. In this paper, dynamic behavior of the automotive propshaft equipped with cardboard liner and torsional damper is investigated. The finite element model is validated at both component and subsystem levels using frequency response functions. Effects of the cardboard liner and torsional damper on the propshaft bending, torsional and breathing frequencies are studied under free-free boundary conditions. Effects of the U-Joint stiffness along with other design variables on the driveshaft dynamic behavior are also studied.
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Vibration Assessment of a Slip-in-Tube Propshaft Through Correlated Analytical Model

Analytical methods are used extensively in the automotive industry to validate the feasibility of component and assembly designs and their dynamic behavior. Correlation of analytical models with test data is an important step in this process. This paper discusses the Finite Element model of an innovative Slip-in-Tube Propshaft design. The Slip-in-Tube joint (slip joint) poses challenges for its dynamic simulation. This paper discusses the methods of simulating the joint and correlating it to experimental results. Also, the Noise and Vibration (NVH) characteristics of the Slip-in-Tube Propshaft design. In this paper, a Finite Element model of the proposed propshaft is developed using shell and beam element formulations. Each model is verified to optimize the feasibility of using accurate and computationally efficient elements for the dynamic analysis.