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A Study of Engine Mount Optimisation of Three-Cylinder Engine through Multi-Body Dynamic Simulation and Its Verification by Vehicle Measurement

Three-cylinder Engine without balancer shaft is a recent trend towards development of lightweight and fuel-efficient powertrain for passenger car. In addition, customer's expectation of superior NVH inside vehicle cabin is increasing day by day. Engine mounts address majority of the NVH issues related to transfer of vibration from engine to passenger cabin. Idle vibration isolation for a three-cylinder engine is a challenging task due to possibility of overlapping of Powertrain's rigid body modes with engine's firing frequency. This Overlapping of rigid body can be avoided either by modifying mount characteristic or by changing the position of mounts based on multi-body-dynamics (MBD) simulation. This paper explains about two types of engine mounting system for a front-wheel drive transversely mounted three-cylinder engine. The base vehicle was having three-point mounting system i.e. all three engine mounts were pre-loaded.
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Optimization of Radiator Fan for NVH Improvement

With the development of automobile industry, customer awareness about NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels in passenger vehicles and demands for improving the riding comfort has increased. This has prompted automobile OEMs to address these parameters in design stage by investing resources in NVH research and development for all components. Better NVH of Radiator Fan Module (RFM) is one of the parameters which contributes to cabin comfort. The basic objective of RFM is to meet engine heat rejection requirements with optimized heat transfer and air flow while maintaining NVH within acceptable levels. The rotating fan (generally driven by an electric motor), if not balanced properly, can be a major source of vibration in the RFM. The vibration generated thus, can be felt by customer through the vehicle body.