Torque Transfer Solutions That Will Be Powering Our Pickups In The Near Future
Jason Thompson –
Mar 1, 2011
Photo 1/6 | 1103dp Diesel Transmissions Of Tomorrow allison 1000 Transmission | Diesel Transmissions Of Tomorrow
Photo 2/6 | 1103dp Diesel Transmissions Of Tomorrow allison 1000 Transmission | The Allison 1000 transmission has an adapter that bolts into the unused power take-off (gray). The Torotrak CVT (blue) transfers power to and from the Ricardo Kinergy system (brown). Researchers are targeting a 20-percent decrease in fuel consumption with this bolt-on system.
Photo 3/6 | 1103dp Diesel Transmissions Of Tomorrow lighting Hybrids Hyper Assist Retrofit Kit | Lightning Hybrids' HyPER Assist (hydraulic propulsion and energy recovery) retrofit kit stores braking energy and applies it to the driveline. The vehicle's stock automatic transmission (A) has its torque converter removed, and the bellhousing is modified with an opening to accept the power transfer module (B). Inside this device is an internal hydraulic clutch that engages the belt connecting the engine to a common hydraulic variable-displacement pump (C) via a short driveshaft (D). The integral high- and low-pressure tank (E) is controlled by the valve manifold (F).
Photo 4/6 | 1103dp Diesel Transmissions Of Tomorrow ricardos Flywheel | Since Ricardo's compact and high-speed flywheel doesn't have a lot of mass, it makes up for it with speed-64,000 rpm.
Photo 5/6 | 1103dp Diesel Transmissions Of Tomorrow flybus | The Flybus demonstrator uses an 80hp system that stores 400 kJ of energy, while saving the brake pads from wear. Future plans call for upgrading the flywheel so it'll make 147 hp and store 1 MJ of energy.
Photo 6/6 | 1103dp Diesel Transmissions Of Tomorrow universal Transmission | Gary Lee invented the Universal Transmission because of his unsatisfying experiences with snowmobiles burning up belts because of the friction-based CVT drivetrain. Key features of his transmission include: the engine never being disconnected from the load, no clutches or torque converters, and ease of operation.