A method to study parametric stability of flexible cam-follower systems, based on Floquet theory, as well as a closed-form numerical algorithm to compute periodic response of the system, have been developed in a companion paper. These are applied to an automotive valve train, modeled as a single-degree-of-freedom vibration system. The inclusion of the transverse and rotational flexibilities of the camshaft results in a system that is governed by a linear, second-order, ordinary differential equation with time-dependent coefficients. In this paper, the parametric stability of the system is studied, and the results are presented in the form of parametric stability charts. The regions of instability are plotted on the nondimensionalized frequency and excitation (amplitude) parameter plane. The maximum positional error of the follower motion, analyzed by the closed-form numerical algorithm, enables a novel presentation of three-dimensional stability and response charts. Stability of the system is investigated for three types of follower motion events and four different cam profiles. The effect of damping on parametric instability is also studied. A comparative study of these event and cam profile types reveals some very interesting and hitherto unknown results.

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