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Fundamentals of Modern Vehicle Transmissions

2021-06-14
Starting with a look at the transmission's primary function -- to couple the engine to the driveline and provide torque ratios between the two -- this updated and expanded seminar covers the latest transmission systems designed to achieve the most efficient engine operation. Current designs, the components and sub-systems used, their functional modes, how they operate, and the inter-relationships will be discussed. A manual transmission display will be used to explain ratios and how they function within the driveline.
Training / Education

Analysis and Design of Hybrid Transmission System

2021-05-13
There appears to be a significant gap between the Chinese and international hybrid technologies in terms of vehicle fuel consumption, system integration and cost control. This course has been designed to increase an engineers’ knowledge of hybrid transmission development, hybrid system design, and hybrid vehicle powertrain integration. The course focuses on energy efficiency in electric vehicles (EV) and HEV fuel economy while maintaining and improving engineering for optimal power and performance, cost control, and occupant comfort.
Technical Paper

Wall Heat Flux on Impinging Diesel Spray Flame: Effect of Hole Size and Rail Pressure under Similar Injection Rate Condition

2020-10-30
2020-32-2313
The fuel economy of recent small size DI diesel engines has become more and more efficient. However, heat loss is still one of the major factors contributing to a substantial amount of energy loss in engines. In order to a full understanding of the heat loss mechanism from combustion gas to cylinder wall, the effect of hole size and rail pressure under similar injection rate conditions on transient heat flux to the wall were investigated. Using a constant volume vessel with a fixed impingement wall, the study measured the surface heat flux of the wall at the locations of spray flame impingement using three thin-film thermocouple heat-flux sensors. The results showed that the characteristic of local heat flux and soot distribution was almost similar by controlling similar injection rate except for the small nozzle hole size with increasing injection pressure.
Technical Paper

Investigations on NOx and Smoke Emissions Reduction Potential through Diesel-Water Emulsion and Water Fumigation in a Small Bore Diesel Engine

2020-10-30
2020-32-2312
In the present work, a relative comparison of addition of water to diesel through emulsion and fumigation methods is explored for reducing oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and smoke emissions in a production small bore diesel engine. The water to diesel ratio was kept the same in both the methods at a lower concentration of 3% by mass to avoid any adverse effects on the engine system components. The experiments were conducted at a rated engine speed of 1500 rpm under varying load conditions. A stable water-diesel emulsion was prepared using a combination of equal proportions (1:1 by volume) of Span 80 and Tween 80. The mixture of Span 80 in diesel and Tween 80 in water was homogenized using an IKA Ultra Turrax homogenizer with tip stator diameter 18mm at 5000 rpm for 2 minutes. The water-in-diesel emulsions thus formulated were kinetically stable and appeared translucent. No phase separation was observed on storage for approximately 105 days.
Technical Paper

Enclosure-In-Chamber Setup to Achieve Near-Zero Background Concentrations for Brake Emissions Testing

2020-10-05
2020-01-1634
Measuring brake emission is still a challenging non-standardized task. Extensive research is ongoing. Updates of work in progress are presented at SAE Brake Colloquium and PMP meetings. However, open items include how to achieve lower background concentration and how to design the brake enclosure. A low background concentration is essential as brake events are short and some emit in the range of reported background levels. Hence these emissions are difficult to distinguished from the background level. Even more critical, a high background concentration can result in a wrong particle number emissions value, either overestimated, background counted as emissions, or underestimated, background level subtracted, and low emission events no longer detected and counted. However, reducing the background level to less than 100 #/cm³ appeared to be quite challenging.
Technical Paper

Innovative Acoustic Material Concept Integration Into Vehicle Design Process

2020-09-30
2020-01-1527
Integration of acoustic material concepts into vehicle design process is an important part of full vehicle design. The ability to assess the acoustic performance of a particular sound package component early in the design process allows designers to test various designs concepts before selecting a final products. This paper describes an innovative acoustic material concept which is easily integrated in a design process through the use of a database of Biot parameters. Biot parameters are widely used in the automotive industry to describe the physical interactions between the acoustics waves travelling through foams, fibers or metamaterials and the solid and fluid phase of these poro-elastic materials. This new acoustic material concept provides a combination of absorption, transmission loss and added damping on the panel it is attached to.
Technical Paper

On the Effect of Clutch Dynamic Properties on Noise, Vibration and Harshness Phenomena

2020-09-30
2020-01-1510
Noise, vibration and harshness phenomena (NVH) can manifest itself during the engagement and disengagement process of dry friction clutch systems. Such phenomena can have a negative impact on cabin occupants driving experience (as well as others in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle). Typically, unwanted NVH phenomena that pertain to the clutch system include Judder, Chatter, Squeal and Eek. These phenomena are recognised by the quality of the radiated noise, as well as the dynamics occurring during clutch actuation. The aim of the current study is to utilise a numerical clutch system model (fully coupling the main motions of clutch components) to predict clutch dynamics during engagement manoeuvres. The model will be used to assess the effect of various clutch design parameters on mitigating system instability. The clutch model utilises measured coefficient of friction data from a rotary tribometer at representative slip speeds and contact pressures.
Technical Paper

The In-Depth PHEV Driveline Torsional Vibration Induced Vehicle NVH Response Study by Integrated CAE/Testing Methodology

2020-09-30
2020-01-1507
In this paper,an amesim 1-d refined driveline model, including detailed engine, damper, dual clutch, transmission, differential, motor, halfshaft, wheel, body, suspension, powertrain mounting and powertrain rigid body, was built up, off a p2.5 topology phev,to predict torsional vibration induced vehicle NVH response addressing differing driving scenarios,like WOT rampup,parking engine start/stop,ev driving to tipnin(engine start) then to tipout(engine stop).firstly,the torsional vibration modes were predicted,addressing differing transmission gear steps of hev/ev driving mode,and the critical modes could be detected,as such, caveats/measures could be applied to setup the modal alignment chart/warn other engineering section from the very start of vehicle development; secondly,secondly,the holistic operational testing,which defined plenty measurement points including rpm fluctuation at differing location of engine/transmission,spark angle,crank position,injection angle,valve timing,MAP/MAF,etc, partly for later model calibration,partly for extract mandatory excitation input,like cylinder pressure trace/mount and suspension force,and partly for the reference of next optimization stage, was implemented on vehicle chassis dyno in a hemi-anechoic chamber.as it was merely centered on torsional vibration induced scenarios,the intake system/exhaust system /engine radiation noise contribution was excluded by specific measures,like BAM,etc, during the testing;thirdly,the NTF/VTF from the mount/suspension force exertion points to vehicle response points were measured off trimmed body impact testing, to create structural TPA model,that way,each transfer path contribution to the response point could be predicted and overall response can be synthesized from all paths;fourthly,the above-mentioned driveline model,combined the excitation on each cylinder considering the gas torque/inertia torque and motor average torque,was well calibrated to predict the mount/suspension force/critical rpm fluctuation/vibration;finally,it was validated that CAE results correlate very well to measurement outcome for defined loadcase, and that can be adopted to phev driveline/vehicle NVH development from the very start of vehicle development phase so as to expedite vehicle NVH developing process.
Technical Paper

On Prediction of Automotive Clutch Torsional Vibrations

2020-09-30
2020-01-1508
Automotive clutches are prone to rigid body torsional vibrations during engagement, a phenomenon referred to as take-up judder. This is also accompanied by fore and aft vehicle motions. Aside from driver behaviour in sudden release of clutch pedal (resulting in loss of clamp load), and type and state of friction lining material, the interfacial slip speed and contact temperature can significantly affect the propensity of clutch to judder. The ability to accurately predict the judder phenomenon relies significantly on the determination of operational frictional characteristics of the clutch lining material. This is dependent upon contact pressure, temperature and interfacial slip speed. The current study investigates the ability to predict clutch judder vibration with the degree of complexity of the torsional dynamics model. For this purpose, the results from a four and nine degrees of freedom dynamics models are compared and discussed.
Technical Paper

Root Cause Analysis and Structural Optimization of E-Drive Transmission

2020-09-30
2020-01-1578
We face a growing demand for so-called eAxles (electric axle drive) in vehicle development. An eAxle is a compact electric drive solution for full electric vehicles (and P4 hybrids) with integrated electric machine and transmission. The transmission can be rather simple using fixed gear with cylindrical gear steps but increasing demands on power and speed range as well as efficiency increase its complexity with planetary stages or switchable gear steps. Such an electro-mechanic system has different behavior than the classical ICE-driven powertrains, for example regarding NVH, where high frequency and tonal noise from gear whining and electro-magnetic excitation is an important comfort issue that needs to be understood and controlled.
Technical Paper

Suggestive Sound Design Based on Virtual Gears

2020-09-30
2020-01-1543
With the electrification of vehicles, new questions and problems are rising in the field of NVH. The in-cabin noise was reduced significantly due to the new drive system. Additionally, the spectral composition of this noise changed dramatically. While the reduction of the in-cabin sound pressure levels is generally welcomed by customers and engineers alike, the predominantly high-pitched tonal sounds of the electrical drives are normally perceived with less enthusiasm. Active sound design can help both in masking those noises, or at the least embed them in new harmonic contexts so their annoyance can be reduced. A variety of research in the field of traffic psychology shows that acoustical feedback can alter the driving behavior. Based on this, our idea is, that if certain sounds induce specific reactions in drivers, a specifically designed active sound design could be used to influence said behavior.
Technical Paper

Analytical Rotordynamic Study of a High-Speed Gear Transmission System for Race Applications

2020-09-30
2020-01-1502
In motorsport power transmission systems, high-speed operation can be associated with significant rotordynamic effects. Changes in the natural frequencies of lateral (bending) vibrational modes as a function of spin speed are brought about by gyroscopic action linked to flexible shafts and mounted gear components. In the investigation of high-speed systems, it is important that these effects are included in the analysis in order to accurately predict the critical speeds encountered due to the action of the gear mesh and other sources of excitation. The rotordynamic behaviour of the system can interact with crucial physical parameters of the transmission, such as the stiffnesses of the gear mesh and rolling element-to-raceway contact in the bearings. In addition, the presence of the gear mesh acts to couple the lateral and torsional vibration modes of a dual-shaft transmission through which a torque flows.
Technical Paper

A Generic Testbody for Low-Frequency Aeroacoustic Buffeting

2020-09-30
2020-01-1515
Raising demands towards lightweight design paired with a loss of originally predominant engine noise pose significant challenges for NVH engineers in the automotive industry. From an aeroacoustic point of view, low frequency buffeting ranks among the most frequently encountered issues. The phenomenon typically arises due to structural transmission of aerodynamic wall pressure fluctuations and/or, as indicated in this work, through rear vent excitation. A possible workflow to simulate structure-excited buffeting contains a strongly coupled vibro-acoustic model for structure and interior cavity excited by a spatial pressure distribution obtained from a CFD simulation. In the case of rear vent buffeting no validated workflow has been published yet. While approaches have been made to simulate the problem for a real-car geometry such attempts suffer from tremendous computation costs, meshing effort and lack of flexibility.
Technical Paper

Asian Consumers Challenging the NVH Performance of European Cars – Implications on the Product Development in the 2020ies

2020-09-30
2020-01-1552
Sales of SUV and luxury cars on the largest market of the world – China – are growing at a high rate. The highways in large cities like Beijing or Shanghai are increasingly populated with cars from all over the world like Japan, USA, Europe and Korea and even some refined domestic brands. More than 10 million rich people can afford those cars and are skilled drivers. This huge group of potential consumers is targeted by luxury brand OEMs and by startup companies. It has been understood, that these people have a strong attitude towards comfort. The twistbeam rear axle was replaced by multilink, double clutch transmissions were improved by comfort-mode drive programs, interior trims raised to Western standard performance levels, tyres specially developed for comfort in China, localized insulation materials and packages engineered to a one vehicle class higher level.
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