Methods for analysis of general mechanical transmission systems with a hydrodynamic torque converter (HTC) are presented. The methods are adapted for computer calculations. The properties of the HTC must be known, either explicitly as speed and torque characteristics, or implicitly as internal geometry (blade angles, etc.).
Linear relationships between the torques and between the speeds of the shafts of the transmission system (except the HTC) are easily formulated. The HTC has coupled, non-linear, relationships for torques and speeds. Different ways of including these non-linear equations are presented. This can be implemented in a computer program.
Solving the equation system yields the torque and speed of each shaft of the transmission system. Power losses can be handled.