Krak, M., Dreyer, J., and Singh, R., "Development of a Non-Linear Clutch Damper Experiment Exhibiting Transient Dynamics," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars - Mech. Syst. 8(2):754-761, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-2189.
Many powertrain structural sub-systems are often tested under steady state conditions on a dynamometer or in a full vehicle. This process (while necessary) is costly and time intensive, especially when evaluating the effect of component properties on transient phenomena, such as driveline clunk. This paper proposes a laboratory experiment that provides the following: 1) a bench experiment that demonstrates transient behavior of a non-linear clutch damper under non-rotating conditions, 2) a process to efficiently evaluate multiple non-linear clutch dampers, and 3) generates benchmark time domain data for validation of non-linear driveline simulation codes. The design of this experiment is based on a previous experimental work on clunk. A commercially available non-linear clutch damper is selected and the experiment is sized accordingly. The stiffness and hysteresis properties of the clutch damper are assumed from the measured quasi-static torque curve provided by the manufacturer. Dissipation sources within the experiment are estimated as well. Instrumentation and time domain signal processing issues are discussed and typical measurements are compared to a simplified model for verification.