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A method of measuring the dynamic loads in high-speed timing chains

Lookup NU author(s): Robin Stephenson, David Glennie, Professor Neville Fawcett, Dr Jack Hale


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This paper describes the design, construction and initial testing of an experimental rig for the measurement of dynamic loading of an automotive timing chain under realistic running conditions. The novel instrumentation system developed for this application is described, together with the mechanical construction of the measurement system. Results are presented for a two-sprocket drive under constant load. Clear variations in chain link tension around the chain loop are shown, and these are explained in terms of position, sprocket run-out and sprocket polygonal action. © IMcchE 2000.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Stephenson R, Glennie D, Fawcett JN, Hale JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering

Year: 2000

Volume: 214

Issue: 2

Pages: 217-226

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 0954-4070

ISSN (electronic): 2041-2991

Publisher: Sage Publications