Fuel Efficiency in All Wheel Drive (AWD) System
This project is about creating a software simulation system to find out the power losses in the propeller shafts of All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles. The simulation program developed is called ‘Propeller Shaft Calculator’. This calculator is not an actual computer program but rather a ‘MS Excel’ program which contains rows and columns where you can input different dimensions and it calculates and outputs the apt dimensions for the new energy efficient propeller shaft. In this project different components of an AWD system is studied closely to see if there are any potential ways to reduce power loss. The components for the study involves propeller shaft, joints and bearings of the AWD system. The aim of this project is to create a simple tool that will help in the making of a better fuel efficient propeller shaft.