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Concept selection for clutch nonlinear absorber using PUGH matrix

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posted on 05.10.2016, 10:35 by A. Harris, Eliot Motato, Mahdi Mohammadpour, Stephanos TheodossiadesStephanos Theodossiades, Homer Rahnejat, P. Kelly, M. O'Mahony, Ben Struve
Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) refinement as well as fuel efficiency and reduced emission levels are the key objectives in modern powertrain engineering. There is an increasing plethora of NVH concerns associated with the underlying high output power-to light weight and compact concept in powertrain engineering. These phenomena contribute to a broad-band vibration response from low frequency rigid body oscillatory responses to high frequency impulsive actions. Various phenomena are briefly described and the importance of their attenuation through palliative measures emphasised. The role of non-linear oscillators as energy sinks over a broader range of responses is also described. A predictive model is presented. Predictive analysis shows effective action of non-linear energy sinks. A feasible design of a NES absorber in an automotive powertrain is constrained by multiple operating requirements such as temperature, available space, reliability and other attributes, requiring an objective analytic-subjective experiential method to arrive at an optimum solution within a series of plausible alternatives. A methodology based on the PUGH matrix approach is presented.


This work was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) “Targeted energy transfer in powertrains to reduce vibration-induced energy losses” Grant (EP/L019426/1).



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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PMC2016, Powertrain Modelling and Control


HARRIS, A. ...et al., 2016. Concept selection for clutch nonlinear absorber using PUGH matrix. Presented at the 3rd Biennial International Conference on Powertrain Modelling and Control (PMC 2016), Loughborough University, 7-9th Sept.


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