Design and Finite Element Analysis of Differential Cover for Rear Drive axle of a Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV)

Nikita Duble and A. D. Diwate 

International Journal of Analytical, Experimental and Finite Element Analysis, Volume 7: Issue 2, July 2020, pp  53-60

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Author's Information
Nikita Duble1 
Corresponding Author
1ME Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, JSPM NTC Pune, Maharashtra, India.
nikitaduble.duble@gmail.com

A. D. Diwate2
2Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, TSSM BSCOER Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Research Article
Published online – 30 July 2020

Open Access article under Creative Commons License

Cite this article – Nikita Duble and A. D. Diwate, “Design and Finite Element Analysis of Differential Cover for Rear Drive axle of a Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV)”, International Journal of Analytical, Experimental and Finite Element Analysis, RAME Publishers, vol. 7, issue 2, pp. 53-60, 2020.
https://doi.org/10.26706/ijaefea.2.7.20200612

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Abstract - This work is intended to design differential cover based on existing cover. The cover is checked for structural stability by performing finite element analysis. Earlier observed issues like premature cover failure, bolt loosening (carrier to cover) and oil leakage from cover mating surface are rectified through finite element analysis. This is done by performing multiple FEA iterations by changing wall thickness, size of hole and number of holes. Fatigue life of differential cover obtained by finite element method is validated by experimental method. The model chose is that of a light commercial vehicle which has a gross axle weight rating 1050 kg. The cover material is SAPH 440 (Steel Automotive Pickled Hot-rolled and 440 MPa minimum tensile strength). 

Index terms - Differential cover, Drive axle, Gross axle weight rating 
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