This paper investigates the nominal elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) characteristics of the conjugate meshing face gears and predicts the mesh efficiency of the pericyclic transmission system. The meshing face-gear tooth geometries and meshing kinematics are modeled. Hertzian contact and the isothermal non-Newtonian lubricant film characteristics of the meshing face-gear pair are investigated. The friction coefficient is calculated with the effects of lubricant behavior and mesh kinematics. Finally, the pericyclic transmission efficiency is calculated as a function of friction coefficient, mesh loads, and mesh kinematics. The Hertzian contact behavior, film thickness, and friction coefficient values are simulated for an example fixed axis face-gear pair rotating at 1000 rpm with 3.4 kN-m torque. The EHL film thickness ranges from 0.1 to 0.25 μm in this example. The average friction coefficient is predicted as 0.05. The efficiencies of three different 24:1 reduction ratio 760 HP pericyclic transmission designs are investigated. The minimum and maximum efficiency in the given design space are 97% and 98.7%, respectively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aerospace Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechanics of Materials