Hysteretic damping characteristics of a mechanical tensioner: Modeling and experimental investigation

The aim of this article is to investigate hysteretic damping characteristics of a typical tensioner used in engine accessory drive systems. An experiment device is developed to measure the friction coefficients of three contact pairs within the tensioner. Statistic results of test data show that the friction coefficient is linearly dependent on normal forces, and thus a linear function is used to describe it. An exact mathematical model and an accurate three-dimensional finite element model are proposed in this study to calculate the relationship of friction torque and rotation angle as well as the damping characteristics of the tensioner. The mathematical model and three-dimensional finite element model are verified through an experiment. Comparison indicates that both the mathematical and finite element model can accurately predict the working torque of the tensioner during operation process, while the finite element model has better accuracy in predicting the damping characteristics than the mathematical model.


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  • Accession Number: 01708517
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 25 2019 3:07PM