Application of Vibration Diagnosis for Early Detection of Damage in Research and Development
Dipl. Ing. Michael Ruthrof, red-ant measurement technologies and services
8 March, 2011
Modern cars have to be economical and still be powerful to be successful in the marketplace. These demands place new challenges upon the research and development departments (R & D) of the automotive industry in 2011: The vehicles should get lighter, new drive concepts (hybrid) and designs should be quickly developed and in addition the space for the transmission should be kept as small as possible. At the same time, there are always more powerful engines. In the future, especially in the power train (engine-gearbox-axle and driven wheels) the use of new materials and manufacturing processes are being required. The resulting new designs are tested on test beds to ensure durability. Here, vibration diagnosis is used for early detection of damage to the engine, gearbox and final drive.