Turbocharger Bearing Forces Computation for Synchronous Noise and Vibrations Prediction

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  • 2017-01-1051

Published:
  • 2017-03-28
Abstract:
Turbocharged engines constitute one of the strategies used by Ford Motor Company to deliver engines with improved fuel economy and performance. However, turbochargers exhibit many inherent NVH challenges that need to be addressed in order to deliver refined engines that meet customers’ expectations. One of these challenges is the turbocharger 1st order synchronous noise due to the interaction between the manufacturing tolerances of the rotating components and the dynamics of the rotor. This paper presents an analytical method to compute the turbocharger bearing forces and predict the 1st order synchronous noise and vibrations. The method consists of a fully coupled turbocharger rotor dynamic analysis in a flexible turbocharger housing structure; it predicts housing vibrations under various manufacturing tolerance conditions. The predicted vibrations of the turbocharger housing are compared to measured test data to demonstrate the validity of the analytical method.
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