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A Study of Axle Fluid Viscosity and Friction Impact on Axle Efficiency

The growing need for improved fuel economy is a global challenge due to continuously tightening environmental regulations targeting lower CO2 emission levels via reduced fuel consumption in vehicles. In order to reach these fuel efficiency targets, it necessitates improvements in vehicle transmission hardware components by applying advanced technologies in design, materials and surface treatments etc., as well as matching lubricant formulations with appropriate additive chemistry. Axle lubricants have a considerable impact on fuel economy. More importantly, they can be tailored to deliver maximum operational efficiency over specific or wide ranges of operating conditions. The proper lubricant technology with well-balanced chemistries can simultaneously realize both fuel economy and hardware protection, which are perceived to have a trade-off relationship.
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New 12L 6WA1TC Turbocharged Diesel Engine

GVW 20 ton class cargo trucks were mainly powerd by L6 turbocharged engines ISUZU 6SD1TC and ISUZU 6RB1TC, and this time new 6WA1TC turbocharged engine with intercooler as a successor to 6RB1TC went into production in July 1992. In the recent cargo vehicle market in Japan, demand is increasing for higher out-put power, light weight, long service life, high reliability and low fuel consumption. Under such circumstances special engineering attention was paid to exhaust emissions and noise regulations which are expected to become even stricter in future. The basic engine structure consists of an OHC 4-valve type cylinder head and a ladder frame type cylinder block which satisfies the requirements for the high out-put power, low fuel consumption and light weight. Also, adopted are various variable structures such as a high pressure fuel injection pump with a variable injection timing and rate control device, variable swirl system and variable geometry turbocharger.
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Analysis of Side Bendng Stress of Heavy Duty Truck Frame by FEM

When a heavy duty truck with 2 rear axles is turning a curve at slow speed, a large side bending force to the chassis frame occurres as vehicle turning radius becomes smaller. In the past, the stress produced by side bending forces was little analyzed. By our research work of FEM, side bending stress of heavy duty truck could be analyzed accurately.
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Engine Control Optimization for Heavy-Duty Cargo Trucks

In fleet uses, heavy-duty trucks with turbo, inter-cooled engines are popular in Japan. These trucks usually experience congested traffic and/or frequent road grade change in expressways. As a result, frequent vehicle speed and engine load fluctuations are observed. This paper describes the typical, on road driving data from the field and presents one sample of engine control optimization for better fuel economy in actual road conditions.
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Truck Transportation Management and Information Network

This paper offers a brief explanation of Isuzu Transport Auto Control (I-TAC), a system used to accurately collect and control information in-transit. I-TAC was developed as a means to meet needs for transportation by truck.
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The Application of CAE in the Development of Air Suspension Beam

Every year the trucking industry demands lighter weight and lower cost truck components. But it is very difficult to achieve both these targets. This paper describes the example of a suspension system design which was conducted by computer simulation, so called CAE. The computer simulation by FEM was used completely to decide the detailed shape of each part. This paper also introduces a casting method to strengthen the aluminum alloy cast using high pressure during casting. By using this method, products have a precise metallographic structure. As a result, both the development cost and period were reduced by over the half the time required of the current system and lighter and strong parts were created.