Design and Optimization of Crankshaft Vibration Dampers

This research project attempts to tackle the major issues experienced with crankshaft vibration in modern internal combustion engines through the use of tuned finite element model and optimized rubber dampers. The purpose of this project is to lay out a systematic approach for the design of torsional vibration dampers when given a set of engine parameters. Current industry development relies heavily on the trial and error method as well as past engineering experience. Although this method eventually yields a product which satisfies the performance requirements, excessive development time is required to achieve this state of completion. This project will tackle the development process through the use of advanced finite element methods with the goal of drastically reducing time from inception to production.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Il Yong Kim


Dan Foresi


Magna Powertrain


Engineering - mechanical


Automotive and transportation


Queen's University



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