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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.
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Development of a New 1.5L I4 Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection Engine

A 1.5 L downsizing turbocharged engine was developed to achieve both driving and environmental performance. The engine is intended to replace 1.8 - 2.4 L class NA engines. In downsizing turbocharged engines, mixture homogeneity is important for suppressing knocking and emission reduction. Particularly under high load, creating rapid combustion and a homogeneous mixture are key technologies. The authors used a long-stroke direct injection engine, which has outstanding rapid combustion and thermal efficiency, as a base engine meeting these requirements. They combined this with a high-tumble port and shallow-dish piston intended to support tumble flow. The combination enhanced flow within the cylinder. The combustion system was built to include a sodium-filled exhaust valve to reduce knocking and a multi-hole injector (six holes) for mixture homogeneity and to reduce the fuel wall wetting.