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In situ surface characterization of running-in of involute gears
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Design (Div.).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2347-8379
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2578-9453
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2489-0688
2015 (English)In: Wear, ISSN 0043-1648, E-ISSN 1873-2577, Vol. 340-341, 41-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gear life and operation are largely determined by the properties of the contacting surfaces, which inevitably change over the gear life. The initial topography transformation, a characteristic effect of running-in, is very important. This paper focuses on how the running-in of the surface topography can be characterized and what methodology can be used for this purpose. To characterize running-in, gears were run in an FZG back-to-back test rig and the changes in surface topography were measured in situ using a Form Talysurf Intra. This enables the same gear tooth surface to be measured with enough precision to follow its development through the different stages of running-in. Gear tooth surfaces as manufactured were measured on three occasions: in initial manufactured condition, after a standard running-in procedure, and after an efficiency test. Running-in was characterized both qualitatively by plotting roughness profiles and quantitatively by analyzing a selected set of roughness parameters. This paper demonstrates that: the asperity peaks were worn off in the initial running-in stage; roughness, waviness, and form can be separated using a carefully chosen polynomial fit and the Gaussian filter; surface topography can be examined initially, after running-in, and after operation in situ; and complete wear of the initial surface can be observed in specific circumstances.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 340-341, 41-46 p.
Keyword [en]
Gear manufacture, Gear teeth, Gears, Topography, Back-to-back tests, Contacting surfaces, Different stages, Form removal, Gear tooth surface, In-situ surface characterizations, Roughness parameters, Running-in, Surface topography
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173897DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2015.03.008ISI: 000362926400007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84925742642OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-173897DiVA: diva2:855780
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QC 20170928

Available from: 2015-09-22 Created: 2015-09-22 Last updated: 2017-09-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Running-in of gears from a surfacetransformation and efficiency point of view
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Running-in of gears from a surfacetransformation and efficiency point of view
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Requirements today for machines have moved beyond functionality intoefficiency and reliability, gears are no exception. The presented work focuseson the analysis of the measurement, evolution and effect of running-in on geardrives from a surface roughness and efficiency point of view. With no consen-sus on a definition or observation of running-in of gear drives, measurementsof both efficiency and surface transformation during the predefined running-inis explored. A verified methodology on how to separate form, waviness androughness is presented. Two finishing methods, namely generation groundand superfinished, are analyzed in terms of efficiency and surface characteris-tics as manufactured, after running-in and after efficiency testing in order todetermine the effects of load level during running-in.Results show that separation of form can be achieved with a carefullychosen polynomial, while waviness is more subject to how the user definesa cut-off wavelength for the surface roughness. Ground gears show distinctsmoothening in terms of surface roughness at high running-in load, and nogeneral trend for low load. This behavior is also reflected in the efficiencysince higher loads gave overall lower efficiency after running-in when com-pared to lower loads. Superfinished gears in contrast show no running-in ef-fects in terms of efficiency. Additionally, ground gears exhibit general changein friction and surface roughness during the first cycles of running-in whenanalyzing high load. Overall gains in efficiency can be obtained from running-in; however, at most speeds improvements from polishing a surface, in thiscase superfinishing, proved to lead to higher efficiency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. xi, 53 p.
Series
TRITA-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2015:06
Keyword
running-in, surface transformation, efficiency, gears, ground, su- perfinished
National Category
Tribology
Research subject
Energy Technology; Machine Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173828 (URN)978-91-7595-688-6 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-10-16, Sal Gladan, Brinellvägen 85, KTH, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Swedish Energy Agency, 35557-1
Note

QC 20150922

Available from: 2015-09-22 Created: 2015-09-18 Last updated: 2015-09-22Bibliographically approved
2. Running-in of gears - surface and efficiency transformation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Running-in of gears - surface and efficiency transformation
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

With ever shorter development times and market demands on overall system performance such as efficiency, reliability and low maintenance, accurate predictive tools are necessary and gear drives prove to be no exception. All these characteristics have an impact on a process which has remained a riddle: running-in. Even though no consensus on a definition of this phenomena is readily available, this thesis examines efficiency, surface roughness and simulation through the optics of running-in.

Geared transmissions are known for their formidable efficiency and their extreme reliability. However, with an ever increasing power density, the ability to accurately predict mesh losses becomes of utmost importance. The accurate quantification of bearing losses as well as efficiency of ground and superfinished gears under dip lubrication are examined with respect to running-in. Results show a considerable influence on the calculation of gear mesh losses originating from which bearing loss model is chosen. Furthermore, when a larger running-in load is used on ground gears, an increase in efficiency can be observed during working operation, while for superfinished no significant changes are found. These efficiency/frictional changes are also shown to occur in the initial cycles of the running-in phase.

From a surface transformation point of view running-in is shown to be a reduction of asperity tips in case hardened ground gears, while in superfinished gears no changes were seen. These gear surface changes were measured with a novel method with a surface profilometer in-situ before, after running-in and after efficiency testing. Results also show that such changes in ground gear roughness profile occur during the very initial cycles.

In order to predict running-in, a simulation method was developed. Such method utilizes a 2D surface integral method to simulate contact between rough surfaces, but requires the use of surface hardness and an accurate lower cutoff wavelength. This cutoff wavelength proved to play a pivotal role in determining an accurate contact pressure at the proper level of granularity, hence a well defined real contact area. The predicted and measured run-in surfaces are compared and are found to be in accordance with each other.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 77 p.
Series
TRITA-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2017:12
Keyword
running-in, surface transformation, efficiency, gears, ground, superfinished
National Category
Tribology
Research subject
Machine Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-214983 (URN)978-91-7729-520-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-11-17, Gladan, Brinellvägen 83, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20170928

Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-27 Last updated: 2017-09-28Bibliographically approved

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