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The Use of Structural Symmetries of a U12 Engine in the Vibration Analysis of a Transmission

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Transilvania University of Brașov, Brașov 500036, România
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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Transilvania University of Brașov, Brașov 500036, România
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Symmetry 2019, 11(10), 1296; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym11101296
Received: 2 September 2019 / Revised: 1 October 2019 / Accepted: 11 October 2019 / Published: 15 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Symmetry in Mechanical Engineering)
The paper focuses on the vibration analysis of a vehicle equipped with two identical engines. Such solutions are encountered in practice when less power is needed for a vehicle for a certain period of time and then greater power the rest of the time. An example of this would be a mobile drilling rig. During transport (a relatively short period of time) only one engine operates and then, in service (most of the operating time), both engines operate. A characteristic of such an aggregate is the existence, within the transmission, of two identical engines. The existence of identical parts in mechanical systems leads to properties that allow the computations to be simplified in order to obtain suggestive and rapid results, with reduced computation effort. These properties refer to the eigenvalues and eigenmodes of vibration for these types of systems and have been stated and demonstrated in the paper. It also allows for a qualitative analysis of the behavior of the system in case of vibrations. The existence of these properties allows for easier calculation and shortening of the design time. The mechanical consequences of the existence of symmetries or identical parts have begun to be studied in more detail in the last decade (see references), and the work is part of these trends. The vibration properties of a transmission of a truck with two identical engines have been stated and proven and a real example is analyzed. Two 215 hp engines were used in the application. In order to establish a useful solution in practice, two constructive variants with a different clutch position in the transmission are analyzed in parallel. View Full-Text
Keywords: vibrations; symmetries; two-engine vehicle; rear clutch; front clutch; vibration modes vibrations; symmetries; two-engine vehicle; rear clutch; front clutch; vibration modes
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Mihălcică, M.; Vlase, S.; Păun, M. The Use of Structural Symmetries of a U12 Engine in the Vibration Analysis of a Transmission. Symmetry 2019, 11, 1296.

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