A known problem in classical hydraulic engine mount is that because of the density mismatch between the decoupler and surrounding fluid, the decoupler might float, or stick to the cage bounds, assuming static conditions. The problem appears in the transient response of a bottomed up floating decoupler hydraulic engine mount. To overcome the bottomed up problem, a suspended decoupler design for improved decoupler control is introduced. The new design does not noticeably effect the mechanisms steady state behavior, but improves start up and transient response. Additionally, the decoupler mechanism is incorporated into a smaller, lighter, yet more tunable and hence more effective hydraulic mount design. Ususally the elastomechanical components in a hydraulic engine mount are assumed lumped and linear. To have a more realistic modeling, utilizing nonlinear finite elements in conjunction with a lumped parameter modeling approach, we evaluate the resorting characteristics of the components and implement them in the equations of motion. The steady state response of a dimensionless model of the mount is examined utilizing the averaging perturbation method applied to a set of second order nonlinear ordinary differential equations. It is shown that the frequency responses of the floating and suspended decoupled designs are similar and functional.

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