In this article, a parametric approach is used to determine the optimum geometric shape of an engine mount in order to minimize the vibrations transmitted to and from the engine. The engine mount used is an elastomeric mount which is made of rubber. For proper vibration isolation, elastomeric mounts are designed such that they have the necessary elastic stiffness rate characteristics in all directions. An optimization problem is first solved to determine the optimum values of stiffness, orientation and location of the mount system such that vibrations transmitted are minimal. Besides determining the optimum mount stiffness values, knowing the optimum shape of the rubber mount is also vital. The shape of the mount is determined such that it meets the required stiffness of the mounting system obtained from the dynamic analysis. A nonlinear finite element analysis is used to determine the final optimum shape and stiffness of the mount.

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