This work is the second and last part of a study whose aim is to present the vibrational aspects of a system with a centrifugal pendulum vibration absorber (i.e. CPVA). The aim of this work, specifically, is to develop a mathematical model of a front engine–front wheel drive powertrain to study gear rattle phenomenon, and to install on its clutch disk’s flange a CPVA in order to understand what are the effects of this device on the dynamics of this system.

Results from the linear analysis show that the eigenfrequencies of the system vary with the engine speed. They oscillate between the eigenvalues of the system without the CPVA and, for regions away from the tuning frequency of the pendulum, which is the second order of rotation of the engine, the behaviour of the system remains the same. However, near the tuning frequency of the pendulum, the behaviour of the system varies very much, and the amplitude of vibration of the gearbox’s inner parts diminishes.

Simulations of the powertrain without and with the nonlinear model of the studied device show that its presence reduces dramatically the vibrations inside the gearbox and its nonlinear character does not influence the effectiveness of this solution.

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