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Analysis of crack propagation during tooth interior fatigue fracture
KTH, Superseded Departments, Solid Mechanics.
2002 (English)In: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, ISSN 0013-7944, E-ISSN 1873-7315, Vol. 69, no 18, 2147-2162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tooth interior fatigue fracture is a failure mode that is initiated as a fatigue crack in the interior of the tooth of a gear. TIFF cracks have been observed in case hardened idler gears. A fracture mechanical analysis of a TIFF crack is performed utilising FEA. A 3D TIFF crack is modelled at a position in the tooth that corresponds with an observed crack surface. The different material properties in the case and the core, determined by mechanical testing, are considered, as well as the residual state of stress due to case hardening. Various crack lengths are analysed to estimate crack propagation both into the core and into the case. The following results have been found: A TIFF crack initiated slightly under the case layer will propagate into the case layer where it stops. . The main crack propagation will take place in the core. . The crack propagation is only a small portion of the total life (order of 10(5) cycles). . After reaching the case layer the TIFF crack eventually deflects toward the tooth root and the upper part of the tooth falls off. The crack deflection is due to redistribution of contact loading. Several gear teeth pairs are simultaneously in contact and the cracked tooth is loaded less than the uncracked during this stage of life.

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2002. Vol. 69, no 18, 2147-2162 p.
Keyword [en]
tooth interior fatigue fracture, gear, interior crack, fracture mechanics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-22036ISI: 000179132400006OAI: diva2:340734
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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