Title: Analysis of a novel actively controlled split path automotive gear powertrain topology

Authors: C. Spitas; A. Amani; V. Spitas; A. Akiltayev

Addresses: School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan; School of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands ' School of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands; ASML, High Tech Campus, Eindhoven, The Netherlands ' School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece ' School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan; PSI Engineering, Al-Farabiave. 5, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Abstract: Automotive powertrains are susceptible to noise and vibration borne from the dynamical excitation of the gear meshes, particularly at partial loads, such as whine and rattling. A novel design has been proposed, based on the subdivision of the power flow into parallel paths via a compact internal gear preloading subsystem. The design allows the real-time control of mesh stiffness, load sharing and backlash, thereby allowing the instantaneous optimisation of the dynamical response of the system and the elimination of rattling and whine at any torque and speed. This paper performs an analysis of the new topology and discusses some of its advantages over conventional and preloaded zero-backlash gear powertrain designs.

Keywords: automotive gears; mesh stiffness control; backlash control; torque preloading.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPT.2019.099633

International Journal of Powertrains, 2019 Vol.8 No.2, pp.157 - 174

Available online: 03 May 2019 *

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