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Development of a Thermoplastic Cam Cover for a 4.0L V6 SOHC Engine

2006-04-03
2006-01-0709
The increasing demands to reduce cost is forcing North American Automotive designers towards finding ways to use the thermoplastic material for the under hood components. The use of this material has often been avoided in this type of applications due to concerns around its long-term strength and temperature performance. In particular, the materials of choice for the engine cam cover are Aluminum, Magnesium and Vinyl Ester (Thermoset) although thermoplastic is widely used in Europe and Asia. This paper examines the potential of a thermoplastic cam cover designed to replace the thermoset cam cover in a 4.0L SOHC V6 engine. Experimental data, presented in this paper, demonstrate that a well-designed thermoplastic cam cover can achieve key functional requirements, such as NVH and sealing, while providing substantial cost saving.
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Optimal Pressure Relief Groove Geometry for Improved NVH Performance of Variable Displacement Oil Pumps

2019-06-05
2019-01-1548
Variable Displacement Oil Pump (VDOP) is becoming the design of choice for engine friction reduction and fuel economy improvement. Unfortunately, this pump creates excessive pressure ripples, at the outlet port during oil pump shaft rotation, causing oscillating forces within the lubrication system and leading to the generation of objectionable tonal noises and vibrations. In order to minimize the level of noise, different vanes spacing and porting geometries are used. Moreover, an oil pressure relief groove can be added, at the onset of the high pressure port, to achieve this goal. This paper presents an optimization method to identify the best geometry of the oil pressure relief groove. This method integrates adaptive meshing, 3D CFD simulation, Matlab routine and Genetic Algorithm based optimization. The genetic algorithm is used to create the required design space in order to perform a multi-objective optimization using a large number of parameterized groove geometries.
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Optimal Vanes Spacing for Improved NVH Performance of Variable Displacement Oil Pumps

2017-03-28
2017-01-1062
In modern automotive engines, Variable Displacement Oil Pump (VDOP) is becoming the pump of choice to enable reduction in friction and delivery of stringent fuel economy. However, this pump creates pressure ripples, at the outlet port during oil pump shaft rotation, causing oscillating forces within the system and leading to the generation of tonal noises and vibrations. In order to minimize the level of noise, different porting geometries and vane spacing are used. This paper describes an optimization method intended to identify the best possible spacing of the vanes in the conventional 7-vanes, 9-vanes and 11-vanes oil pumps. The method integrates a Matlab routine with the modeFRONTIER software to create the required design space in order to perform a multi-objective optimization using a genetic algorithm. Results of this optimization method are discussed and a design guideline for the VDOP vane spacing is disclosed.
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Topology Driven Design of Under-Hood Automotive Components for Optimal Weight and NVH Attributes

2019-04-02
2019-01-0834
Weight is a major factor during the development of Automotive Powertrains due to stringent fuel economy requirements. Light weighting constitutes a challenge to the engineering community when trying to deliver quieter powertrains. For this reason, the NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) CAE engineers are adopting advanced vibro-acoustic simulation methods combined with topology optimization methods to drive the design of the under hood components for Noise Vibration and Harshness. Vibro-acoustic computational methods can be complex and require significant computation effort. Computation of Equivalent Radiated Power (referred to as ERP) is a simplified method to assess maximum dynamic radiation of components for specific excitations in frequency response analysis which in turn affects radiated sound. Topology Optimization is a mathematical technique used to find the best material distribution for structural systems in order to deliver a specific objective under clearly defined constraints.
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