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Development of Electric Power Steering

A new electric power steering (EPS) was developed which uses an electric motor to provide assistance. It is a system combinning the latest in power electronics and high power motor technologies. The development was aimed at enhancing the existing hydraulic power steering's energy efficiency, driver comfort as well as increasing active stability. This paper describies the overall concept of EPS and outlines the components and control strategies using electronics. The EPS was tested on a front wheel drive vehicle weighing 1000kg in front axle load. The results showed a 5.5% improvement in fuel economy. The EPS has also achieved returnability that gives the driver more moderate feelings matching the vehicle in action as well as the active stability control strategy for high speed driving.
Technical Paper

Study on Variable Valve Timing System Using Electromagnetic Mechanism

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to a non-throttling technology that is expected to contribute to a reduction in fuel consumption. This paper describes a study on the technology behind the electromagnetic variable valve timing mechanism (electromagnetic valve mechanism). The electromagnetic valve mechanism ensures highly efficient and stable valve opening/closing control. The detailed information and findings will be described in the main body. In addition, the advantages of the mechanism's application to a homogeneous charge compression ignition engine (HCCI engine) will also be described.
Journal Article

Durability Design Method of New Stopper Bush Using New Theory (Friction and Spring) for Electric Power Steering

In the automobile industries, weight reduction has been investigated to improve fuel efficiency together with reduction of CO2 emission. In such circumstance, it becomes necessity to make an electric power steering (EPS) more compact and lightweight. In this study, we aimed to have a smaller and lighter EPS gear size by focusing on an impact load caused at steering end. In order to increase the shock absorption energy without increase of stopper bush size, we propose new theory of impact energy absorption by not only spring function but also friction, and a new stopper bush was designed on the basis of the theory. The profile of the new stopper bush is cylinder form with wedge-shaped grooves, and when the new stopper bush is compressed by the end of rack and the gear housing at steering end, it enables to expand the external diameter and produce friction. In this study, we considered the durability in the proposed profile.
Journal Article

Consideration about Meshing of Worm Gear Based on MUB (Meshing Under Base-Circle) Theory for EPS

This paper will discuss the stress reduction of the worm wheel for an electric power steering (EPS) system. The research discussed in this paper focused on the worm wheel, the EPS component that determines the maximum diameter of the system. If the stress of the worm wheel could be reduced without increasing in size, it would be possible to reduce the size of the worm wheel and EPS system. In order to reduce the stress of the worm wheel, the conventional design method has extended the line-of-action toward outside of the worm wheel to increase the contact ratio of the gears and these method lead to an increase in the outer diameter. In order to address this issue, past research proposes the basic concept to extend line-of-action toward the inside of the worm wheel. And this new meshing theory was named MUB (Meshing Under Base-circle) theory. In this paper, characteristics of meshing of the gear formed by MUB theory are determined in more detail.