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Modification of Vehicle Handling Performance by Four-Wheel Steering System

At past ESV conferences, we have reported on a series of studies on how the driver's control performance is affected by vehicle steering response. These studies showed that a four-wheel steering system can reduce the delay in lateral acceleration response to steering action, which may result in better control performance of the driver. The present report examines the handling performance of an experimental vehicle fitted with a four-wheel steering system under a wider range of operating conditions. The studies were conducted using mathematical models and simulation of the driver-vehicle system, plus road tests. The findings indicate that the four-wheel steering system may provide better vehicle handling performance than a conventional two-wheel steering system. A vehicle incorporating this steering system may exhibit improved accident avoidance capabilities.
Technical Paper

Experimental Evaluation of Test Procedures for Frontal Collision Compatibility

This paper investigates test procedures for vehicle frontal crash compatibility. Both Full Width Deformable Barrier (FWDB) tests and Moving Deformable Barrier (MDB) tests were studied to assess relevant factors of compatibility issues. The FWDB test with load cells was examined to evaluate the stiffness and interaction areas of vehicles (sometimes referred to as the “aggressivity” of vehicles). Compatibility metrics were computed using barrier load cell data and the output from the FWDB test was compared with that from the Full Width Rigid Barrier (FWRB) test. Since the results obtained from these two full width tests were considerably different, a full frontal vehicle-to-vehicle test was carried out to identify structural deformation modes. The results indicated that similar deformation modes were observed between the vehicle-to-vehicle test and the FWDB test.
Technical Paper

The Validity of EPS Control System Development using HILS

In recent years, the increased use of electric power steering in vehicles has increased the importance of issues such as making systems more compact and lightweight, and dealing with increased development man-hours. To increase development efficiency, the use of a “Hardware in the loop simulator” (HILS) is being tested to shift from the previous development method that relied on a driver's subjective evaluation in an actual vehicle test to bench-test development. Using HILS enables tasks such as specification studies, performance forecasts, issue identification and countermeasure proposals to be performed at an early stage of development even when there is no prototype vehicle. This report describes a case study of using HILS to solve the issues of reducing the load by adjusting the geometric specifications around the kingpin and eliminating the tradeoff by adding a new EPS control algorithm in order to make the electric power steering (EPS) more compact and lightweight.
Journal Article

Prediction of Fatigue Strength of Motorcycle Exhaust System Considering Vibrating and Thermal Stresses

A method applicable in the design stage to predict fatigue strength of a motorcycle exhaust system was developed. In this prediction method, a vibrating stress, thermal stresses, stresses resulting from the assembling of the exhaust system components and a deterioration of fatigue strength of materials originated from high temperature were simultaneously taken into account. For the prediction of the vibrating stress, flexible multibody dynamics was applied to get modeling accuracy for vibration characteristics of the entire motorcycle and the exciting force delivered from engine vibrations. The thermal conduction analysis and the thermal deformation analysis based on finite element method (FEM) were applied for the prediction of thermal stresses in the exhaust system components. The temperature distribution on the surfaces of the exhaust system components is required for calculations of the thermal stresses.
Journal Article

Study of Reproducibility of Pedal Tracking and Detection Response Task to Assess Driver Distraction

We have developed a bench test method to assess driver distraction caused by the load of using infotainment systems. In a previous study, we found that this method can be used to assess the task loads of both visual-manual tasks and auditory-vocal tasks. The task loads are assessed using the performances of both pedal tracking task (PT) and detection response task (DRT) while performing secondary tasks. We can perform this method using simple equipment such as game pedals and a PC. The aim of this study is to verify the reproducibility of the PT-DRT. Experiments were conducted in three test environments in which test regions, experimenters and participants differed from each other in the US, and the test procedures were almost the same. We set two types of visual-manual tasks and two types of auditory-vocal tasks as secondary tasks and set two difficulties for each task type to vary the level of task load.
Technical Paper

Influence of Shock Absorber Friction on Vehicle Ride-Comfort Studied by Numerical Simulation Using Classical Single Wheel Model

Along with the suspension improvement in these two decades, it is well known that the suspension friction force became one of major parameters to affect ride comfort performance. However, it was difficult to carry out quantitative prediction on ride comfort improvement against friction force change with high correlation. It was difficult to analyze correlation between actual vehicle performance and simulation since there were difficulties in controlling damping force and friction individually. On the other hand, magneto-rheological shock absorber (MR Shock) has had several applications and widely spread to passenger vehicles. The large variation and high response of damping force especially in slow piston speed region contributes to achieve an excellent vehicle dynamics performance. However, MR Shock shows the high friction characteristics, due to the unique sliding regime of internal parts. It is said that this high friction characteristic is causing obstacles in ride-comfort.
Technical Paper

Prediction Method of Snow Ingress Amount into the Engine Air Intake Duct Employing LES and Detailed Snow Accumulation Model

When a vehicle is driven in snowy conditions, if a proper air intake design is not adopted, the snow lifted by the leading vehicles may penetrate into the engine air intake, in case of large snow ingress amount, causing a power drop. The evaluation of such risk for the intake is carried out through climatic wind tunnel tests, which cannot be conducted at the early stage of vehicle development when the prototype vehicle does not exist. In order to study that risk prior to the prototype vehicle delivery, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) which predicts the snow ingress amount accurately was established with taking into account unsteady air flow and snow accumulation. Large Eddy Simulation (LES) was used to reproduce the unsteady flow field, leading to a good agreement of the flow downstream from the snow generator with the experimental one measured by Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). As for the snow particle behavior model, the Lagrangian method was chosen.
Technical Paper

Four Wheel Steering System with Rear Wheel Steer Angle Controlled as a Function of Steering Wheel Angle

This paper discusses the desired steer angle characteristics of rear wheels in the new concept of four wheel steering system in which the rear wheels are controlled as a function of the steering wheel angle in a manner that the rear wheels are steered in the same direction as the front wheels when the steering wheel angle is kept within a small range while the rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the front in the case the steering wheel angle is steered over a larger range. This paper also indicates the basic principle of the four wheel steering system and lists items for consideration in determining the function, and then presents a variety of effects the new steering system produces on operating performances based upon a series of proving ground tests.
Technical Paper

Evaluation Method for Road Load Simulation Using a Tire Model and an Applied Example

A multi-body simulation coupled with a tire model enables the prediction of forces generated on a vehicle when driven over a rough road profile. As the durability of a vehicle depends on these generated forces, the accuracy of the predicted forces is a crucial factor in assessing durability. A new test setup has been used to evaluate the accuracy of the simulation. Due to good reproducibility, the results from physical testing and simulation can be compared in the time domain. This time domain comparison makes it possible to detect any problems associated with the simulation which need to be improved. This new evaluation method is very suitable to full vehicle simulations involving rough road profiles. It was also confirmed that the suspension model with tire model evaluated in this project had an adequate capability for curb strike simulation by a full vehicle.
Technical Paper

Development of Multi-use Road Simulator

A multi-use road simulator for reproducing various road loads on motorcycles and buggies has been developed on a test bench by using computer-controlled hydraulic actuators. The device is controlled by a low-priced personal computer and an interface system with custom software. An unique feature is the capability to simulate loads related to such phenomena as the bottoming of suspension and the movement of a telescopic type front fork on the road.
Technical Paper

Development of JASO 2-Stroke Engine Oil Standards

The 2-Stroke Engine Oil Subcommittee of the JSAE has developed the following five JASO (Japan Automobile Standards Organization) 2-Stroke Gasoline Engine Oil Quality Standards for motorcycle, utility and outboard engines: 1) JASO M340-92 Lubricity test procedure for evaluating two stroke gasoline engine oils 2) JASO M341-92 Detergency test procedure for evaluating two stroke gasoline engine oils 3) JASO M342-92 Smoke test procedure for evaluating two stroke gasoline engine oils 4) JASO M343-92 Exhaust system blocking test procedure for evaluating two stroke gasoline engine oils 5) JASO M345-93 Two stroke gasoline engine oils These standards consist of four kinds of engine test procedure and a classification system which includes three physico chemical properties of an oil.
Technical Paper

Oxidation Stability of Automatic Transmission Fluids -A Study by the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) ATF Subcommittee

The International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) ATF subcommittee members have compared the two oxidation bench test methods, Aluminum Beaker Oxidation Test (ABOT) and Indiana Stirring Oxidation Stability Test (ISOT), using a number of factory-fill and service-fill ATFs obtained in Japan and in the US. In many cases, the ATFs were more severely oxidized after the ABOT procedure than after the same duration of the ISOT procedure. The relative severity of these two tests was influenced by the composition of the ATFs. The bench test oxidation data were compared with the transmission and the vehicle oxidation test data.
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Optimization of Turbocharger Characteristics for Personal Watercraft

A suitable turbocharger for PWC 4-stroke engine has been developed by comparing performance tests of various turbocharger components such as turbine sizes, turbine types, and with or without a waste gate. Moreover, to gain higher power at low altitudes while avoiding the overrun of turbocharger, the supercharge pressure at high altitude was controlled by lowering the target supercharge pressure from altitude that overrun occurrence is assumed. The turbocharger characteristics have been achieved suitable for PWC. Indicated Mean Effective Pressure was improved by 40% compared to normally aspirated models and the developed engine realized the compatibility of environmental conformity and higher engine performance.
Technical Paper

Influence of Introduction of Oblique Moving Deformable Barrier Test on Collision Compatibility

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed moving deformable barriers for vehicle crash test procedures to assess vehicle and occupant response in partial overlap vehicle crashes. For this paper, based on the NHTSA Oblique Test procedure, a mid-size sedan was tested. The intent of this research was to provide insight into possible design changes to enhance the oblique collision performance of vehicles. The test results predicted high injury risk for BrIC, chest deflection, and the lower extremities. In this particular study, reducing lower extremity injuries has been focused on. Traditionally, lower extremity injuries have been reduced by limiting the intrusion of the lower region of the cabin's toe-board. In this study, it is assumed that increasing the energy absorbed within the engine compartment is more efficient than reinforcing the passenger compartment as a method to reduce lower extremity injuries.
Technical Paper

Experimental Analysis of Connecting Rod Bearing Seizures in Four-Cycle Gasoline Engines

In this work, the connecting rod bearing seizures as one of the problems latent to the high-output, high-speed engines are investigated. Studies are conducted on the evaluation of anti-seizure properties of a single connecting rod bearing installed in the test rig as well as in commercial engines. As the results of the former study, the bearing wear is affected by the rod surface roughness (Rmax ) and the oil temperature (viscosity). Further, frequent metal to metal contacts of bearings are observed by the electrical measuring apparatus under higher temperature, and full load conditions. While in the latter, it is found the total heat generated of the bearing is the important factor affective to the bearing seizures, and can be analyzed by using PV value, rod surface roughness and oil viscosity.
Technical Paper

Anti-Shudder Property of Automatic Transmission Fluids - A Study by the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) ATF Subcommittee

In recent years, the slip lock-up mechanism has been adopted widely, because of its fuel efficiency and its ability to improve NVH. This necessitates that the automatic transmission fluid (ATF) used in automatic transmissions with slip lock-up clutches requires anti-shudder performance characteristics. The test methods used to evaluate the anti-shudder performance of an ATF can be classified roughly into two types. One is specified to measure whether a μ-V slope of the ATF is positive or negative, the other is the evaluation of the shudder occurrence in the practical vehicle. The former are μ-V property tests from MERCON® V, ATF+4®, and JASO M349-98, the latter is the vehicle test from DEXRON®-III. Additionally, in the evaluation of the μ-V property, there are two tests using the modified SAE No.2 friction machine and the modified low velocity friction apparatus (LVFA).
Technical Paper

A Study of Compatibility Test Procedure in Frontal Impact

The purpose of this study is to examine compatibility test procedures proposed in the IHRA Vehicle Compatibility Working Group. Various crash tests were conducted with different vehicle weights and stiffness in our previous study, and each of the compatibility problems, namely mass; stiffness and geometric incompatibility were identified in these tests. In order to improve the compatibility, it is necessary to evaluate and control relevant vehicle characteristics of compatibility in test procedures. According to the IHRA study, relevant aspects for compatibility in frontal impact are: Good structural interaction; Frontal stiffness matching; Maintaining passenger compartment integrity; Control the deceleration time histories of impacting cars.
Technical Paper

32 Development of Silent Chain Drive System for Motorcycles

Examining the noise reduction of a motorcycle, the requirement of an effective method of reducing a drive chain noise has been a pending issue similarly to noise originating from an engine or exhaust system, etc. Through this study, it became clear that the mechanism of chain noise could be classified into two; low frequency noise originated from cordal action according to the degree of chain engagement and high frequency noise generated by impact when a chain roller hits sprocket bottom. An improvement of urethane resin damper shape, mounted on a drive side sprocket, was effective for noise reduction of the former while our development of a chain drive that combined an additional urethane resin roller with an iron roller worked well for the latter. The new chain system that combined this new idea has been proven to be capable of reducing the chain noise to half compared with a conventional system.
Technical Paper

Development of Hydraulic Servo Brake System for Cooperative Control with Regenerative Brake

A new brake system, able to make efficient use of regenerative braking while maintaining excellent brake feel, has been developed to increase the fuel economy of hybrid vehicles. A hydraulic servo was used as a base to enable mechanical operation of the service brakes; solenoid valves and brake fluid pressure sensors were added to this base to make it possible to control brake line pressure as demanded. The use of a stroke simulator in the hydraulic servo prevents brake feel from being affected by the control of the brake pressure. In addition, high-accuracy brake pressure control that functions cooperatively with the regenerative brakes is enabled, resulting in stable braking effectiveness.
Technical Paper

Investigations of Compatibility of ETBE Gasoline with Current Gasoline Vehicles

Clarifying the impact of ETBE 8% blended fuel on current Japanese gasoline vehicles, under the Japan Clean Air Program II (JCAPII) we conducted exhaust emission tests, evaporative emission tests, durability tests on the exhaust after-treatment system, cold starting tests, and material immersion tests. ETBE 17% blended fuel was also investigated as a reference. The regulated exhaust emissions (CO, HC, and NOx) didn't increase with any increase of ETBE content in the fuel. In durability tests, no noticeable increase of exhaust emission after 40,000km was observed. In evaporative emissions tests, HSL (Hot Soak Loss) and DBL (Diurnal Breathing Loss) didn't increase. In cold starting tests, duration of cranking using ETBE 8% fuel was similar to that of ETBE 0%. In the material immersion tests, no influence of ETBE on these material properties was observed.