Dykas, B., Rizzo, D., Fussner, D., McDonnell, R. et al., "HMMWV Axle Testing Methodology to Determine Efficiency Improvements with Superfinished Hypoids," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars - Mech. Syst. 6(2):665-673, 2013, doi:10.4271/2013-01-0605.
A dynamometer test methodology was developed for evaluation of HMMWV axle efficiency with hypoid gearsets, comparing those having various degrees of superfinish versus new production axles as well as used axles removed at depot maintenance. To ensure real-world applicability, a HMMWV variant vehicle model was created and simulated over a peacetime vehicle duty cycle, which was developed to represent a mission scenario. In addition, tractive effort calculations were then used to determine the maximum input torques. The drive cycle developed above was modified into two different profiles having varying degrees of torque variability to determine if the degree of variability would have a significant influence on efficiency in the transient dynamometer tests. Additionally, steady state efficiency performance is measured at four input pinion speeds from 700-2500 rpm, five input torques from 50 - 400 N⋅m, and two sump temperatures, 80°C and 110°C. This paper will summarize the vehicle modeling and duty cycle development. It will detail the testing configuration and methodology. Finally, it will summarize and explain the results and discuss the next steps.