New Approaches for Reducing Crankshaft Vibrations in a Lightweight and Fuel-Efficient Engine
To achieve lightweight, low friction and fuel efficient engine, the crankshaft is required to be designed lightweight, small-diameter shaft, long stroke. In this case, vibration of the crankshaft is increased by reduction of shaft stiffness. The conventional way of dealing with this increased vibration used to be to add an inertia mass ring or a double mass damper. Such an approach, however, increases weight, making the balance of weight reduction and vibration reduction less readily achieved. This paper therefore reports on how the main factors causing crankshaft vibration to increase in the shaft with reduced stiffness were clarified. Based on that clarification, efforts were made to reduce crankshaft vibration without increasing the weight of the crankshaft system. Measurement and analysis were used to analyze crankshaft vibration during operation.