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Technical Paper

Prediction Method of Surface Pressure against Gasket in Consideration of Creep on Cylinder Head in Air-Cooled Engines

A method was designed to predict the gasket surface pressure in consideration of creep which occurs on the surface of the gasket side of the cylinder head in air-cooled engines. Creep caused by heat can cause major deformation on the gasket side of the cylinder head in air-cooled engines, which may result in combustion gas leaking from between the cylinder and cylinder head. Until now, there have been no reports of methods to accurately predict phenomena relating to this deformation in the initial stage of engine design. This study combined values of strain and temperature occurring on the gasket side of the cylinder head, obtained through FEM analysis of steady heat transfer and thermal stress, with unit test results showing the domains in which the influence of the creep is critical or not. This information was used to design a method to determine whether or not an engine's specifications fell into a domain in which creep would have an effect, and predict surface pressure.
Journal Article

New Three-dimensional Piston Secondary Motion Analysis Method Coupling Structure Analysis and Multi Body Dynamics Analysis

A new piston secondary motion analysis has been developed that accurately predicts piston strength and the slap noise that occurs when the engine is running. For this secondary motion analysis, flexible bodies are used for the models of the piston, cylinder and cylinder head. This makes it possible to quantify the deformations and secondary motion occurring in each area of the engine. The method is a coupled analysis of the structure analysis and the multi body dynamics analysis. The accuracy of the results obtained in the new analysis method was verified by comparing them to measurement data of piston skirt stress and piston secondary motion taken during firing. To measure piston skirt stress, a newly developed battery-powered telemetric measurement system was used. The calculation results were close to the measurement results both for stress and for secondary motion from low to high engine speed.