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Study of High-efficiency CVT Shifting Mechanism Using Metal Pushing V-belt

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.26 No.1

Summary

Pulley thrust control, changes in the trajectory of the belt as it winds around the pulleys, and the amount of friction transmission were focused on in order to reduce transmission loss and increase the transmission efficiency of CVT. In the case of pulley thrust control, making use of the linear relationship between the rotary speed fluctuation transfer characteristic and the torque transmission capacity between the pulleys and the belt, it was possible to reduce the excess safety factor of the torque transmission volume. Due to pulley tilt, the trajectory of the belt displays deviations with the theoretical geometrical winding radius. The structure of the pulleys was modified in order to reduce this deviation and increase transmission efficiency. Optimization of the additives in the CVT fluid increased the coefficient of friction, decreasing pulley thrust and increasing transmission efficiency. At the same time, the application of a carbonitride heat treatment and a zinc electric discharge coating to help prevent wear in the parts of the belt elements and pulleys making contact balanced a high coefficient of friction with wear resistance.

Reference

(1) AutoBiz (Separate volume) AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 2004 (The volume on strategy), Part3-Future of CVT, Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. p. 194-199 (2003) (in Japanese)
(2) Yagasaki, T., Aoyama, H., Ichijo, S., Totsuka, H., Harada, M.: Optimization of V-surface Angle for Metal Pushing V-belt CVT, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 22, No. 1, p. 169-174
(3) Sakagami, K., Okubo, K., Fujii, T., Yoshida, H., Yagasaki, T.: Effective Control of Pulley Thrusts using an Index Describing Belt Slip State in Metal V-belt Type CVT for Improving Transmitting Efficiency, JSAE Transaction, Vol. 39, No. 5, p. 101-106 (2008) (in Japanese)

Author (organization or company)

Shuji ICHIJO(Automobile R&D Center)、Tooru YAGASAKI(Automobile R&D Center)、Taiki ANDO(Automobile R&D Center)、Kyohei SAKAGAMI(Automobile R&D Center)、Soichiro SUMIDA(Automobile R&D Center)

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