Title: Numerical method application to the analysis of the hydrodynamic torque converter with a smart working fluid

Authors: Zbigniew Kesy

Addresses: Institute of Applied Mechanics, Technical University of Radom, Krasickiego 54, 26–600 Radom, Poland

Abstract: In this paper the use of smart fluids (magneto–rheological or electro–rheological fluids) as a hydrodynamic torque converter working fluid was considered from the viewpoint of their applications to control the converter. The main part of the paper presents results of numerical analysis of a mathematical model. The essential conclusion that arises from the numerical calculations is that two factors, the working fluid rheology and the hydrodynamic torque converter design solution, influence the hydrodynamic torque converter performance. This implies that the smart fluid properties should be carefully selected for each type of hydrodynamic torque converter dependent on requirements.

Keywords: numerical methods; motion solving equations; hydrodynamic transmission systems; characteristics; smart fluids; magnetorheological fluids; electrorheological fluids; hydrodynamic torque converters; working fluid rheology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2006.011147

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2006 Vol.27 No.2/3, pp.212 - 220

Published online: 19 Oct 2006 *

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