Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Willis, Christopher Ryan Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-03312006-091805 Title A Kinematic Analysis and Design of a Continuously Variable Transmission Degree Master of Science Department Mechanical Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Reinholtz, Charles F. Committee Chair Ahmadian, Mehdi Committee Member Goff, Richard M. Committee Member Keywords
- continuously variable transmission
Date of Defense 2006-01-19 Availability mixed AbstractThis thesis describes a method for analyzing and designing a continuously
variable transmission (CVT). The analysis process is implemented in a software package
that can be used to tune a CVT for a given application. The analysis is accomplished
through the use of kinematic principles as well as equations developed from basic energy
balances. Although the theory developed can be applied to any CVT, this thesis focuses
on a case study using the Team Industries brand CVT applied to the Virginia Tech Mini
Baja Team. The work was motivated by the team’s need to have a reliable and
inexpensive method for CVT tuning. Previous approaches to CVT tuning were strictly
empirical and involved mechanical component replacement in a slow and expensive trialand-
error optimization loop. The tuning software is intended to be a first step in the
process of properly tuning a CVT for a specific application and not a complete
replacement for the empirical methods employed previously.
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