Modelling of loss mechanisms in a pushing metal V-belt continuously variable transmission. Part 2: pulley deflection losses and total torque loss validation

S Akehurst, N D Vaughan, D A Parker, D Simner

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Abstract

The power transmission efficiency of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) based on the pushing metal belt is acknowledged to be lower than that of discrete ratio alternatives. This tends to negate the potential fuel economy benefits that are obtained by improved engine/load matching with a CVT. This series of three papers details an investigation into the loss mechanisms that occur within the belt drive as a first step to obtaining improvements in efficiency. This second part follows on from an initial paper in which an analysis was performed of the losses that occur due to relative motion between the bands and segments of the belt. Additional experimental work has been performed indicating that a significant deflection occurs in the pulleys of the variator. Further torque-loss models are proposed in addition to that discussed in Part 1, representing a smaller but still significant torque loss associated with the belt. The work takes into account new findings in other research and changes in the design of the metal V-belt. The third paper in this series develops a number of models to predict belt-slip losses in the variator system, based on force distribution models developed in Part 1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1283-1293
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering
Volume218
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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