Alaguvel, A. and Chekuri, V., "An Effective Way To Measure Manual Gearbox Synchroniser Performance," SAE Technical Paper 2015-01-2784, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-2784.
Improved economic growth and infrastructure in India has led to new market trends for commercial vehicles. Customers now expect high levels of comfort from all tactile points in a truck cabin; among them the gearlever knob is frequently used and its reactions greatly influence how a driver perceives gearshift quality (GSQ) and thereby vehicle quality. The importance of the gear shift quality of manual transmissions has increased significantly over the past few years as the refinement of other vehicle systems has increased. In Gearbox, synchroniser is the major component whose performance will affect the peak engagement force to a large extent. Synchroniser mechanism allows gear change to be smooth, noiseless and without vibrations. Since the maximum synchronisation effort vary depending on the rate of the shift actuation, it is difficult to compare synchronisers in different transmissions by force alone. Hence there is a need for an objective metric other than synchroniser force by which synchroniser performance can be effectively measured. This paper explains a methodology by which synchroniser performance of different transmissions can be effectively evaluated, compared objectively and correlated to subjective feel.