The RADIALcvt is a multi-parallel power path type of continuously variable transmission (CVT), that consists of only one steel-on-steel friction drive interface in each path.
RADIALcvt features a single friction drive interface in series and at least 6 power split friction drive parallel paths. A constant input radius on the friction drive input make it possible to use a constant clamping force which is provided by springs. Therefore RADIALcvt concept has no hydraulic control system.
The RADIALcvt has a very large radius variation on the friction drive output which provides the ratio variation. Due to the fact that the Radial drivers are clamped between two opposite rotating disks, results in the largely cancelling out of the forces on the Radial drivers. The RADIALcvt’s first ratio is hard geared to eliminate the “kerb test” issue common with push belt CVT’s.
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With Patents granted and a solid concept and design, VARIBOX CVT Technologies were keen to show, on more than just paper, the benefits of the RADIALcvt. And after completing a comprehensive simulation, the benefits are obvious. The simulation was completed in May 2017 and shows very promising results, demonstrating the innovation's enormous fundamental advantages over current commercial and known developmental CVT's.
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The pure electric vehicle is here to stay and will increase its stepped ratios to 3 and 4 and its market share will grow and development will continue as reported by ZF (Tom, 2014) and Bosch (Beissmann, 2014). The primary power source in electric vehicles, the electric motor, however share some disadvantages with the internal combustion engine. This includes the fact that the electric motor and its drive/inverter are not equally efficient under different loads and speeds. With a typical electric vehicle, electric motor efficiency varies between about 92.5% and about 70% as reported by Antonov plc (David, 2011)
The RADIALcvt is an ideal electric vehicle CVT transmission within a power range of 30kW to 130kW with a maximum ratio range of 2.3. Simulation has shown that the variator contact efficiency will vary from about 95.8% to 98.7%. The RADIALcvt does not make use of a hydraulic control system and does not need a clutch. The RADIALcvt mechanical efficiency is at most within an estimate of about 3% less than the stepped transmissions while it is much more compact lengthwise than the stepped transmission with a clutch or dual clutch.
The RADIALcvt thus provides an excellent solution to pure electric vehicles, because of its simplicity and fundamental advantages with very high mechanical efficiency.
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