Driveline 84 papers
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THE INSTITUTION of Mechanical Engineers has published the papers presented at its Driveline conference held earlier this year. The volume Driveline '84 contains 13 papers and up-dates the driveline conference proceedings published by the I Mech E in 1972.
A driveline is defined by the I Mech E as the sum of the components from the surface of the engine flywheel to the contact between tyres and road surfaces.
Of particular interest among this year's papers is the one by C. J. Greenwood on the design, construction and operation of Leyland's continuously variable transmission and a paper from Eaton describing its new TS011612 Twin Splitter transmission.
Prototypes of this transmission are undergoing field trials. It comprises a standard Fuller twin countershaft main gearbox with a twin splitter auxiliary box.
Eaton's major objective in the design of the Twin Splitter was to minimise driver effort — all shifts are pre-selected using the splitter button on the gear lever, and the design lends itself to the future application of electronic controls. Driveline '84 is available from Mechanical Engineering Publications of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, at £15 a copy.