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Title: Transmission error in spur gears: Static and dynamic finite-element modeling and design optimization
Authors: Tharmakulasingam, Raul
Advisors: Alfano, G
Atherton, MA
Keywords: Gear noise;Power transmission systems;Transmission error excitation;Tooth profile modifications
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Brunel University School of Engineering and Design PhD Theses
Abstract: The gear noise problem that widely occurs in power transmission systems is typically characterised by one or more high amplitude acoustic signals. The noise originates from the vibration of the gear pair system caused by transmission error excitation that arises from tooth profile errors, misalignment and tooth deflections. This work aims to further research the effect of tooth profile modifications on the transmission error of gear pairs. A spur gear pair was modelled using finite elements, and the gear mesh was simulated and analysed under static conditions. The results obtained were used to study the effect of intentional tooth profile modifications on the transmission error of the gear pair. A detailed parametric study, involving development of an optimisation algorithm to design the tooth modifications, was performed to quantify the changes in the transmission error as a function of tooth profile modification parameters as compared to an unmodified gear pair baseline. The work also investigates the main differences between the static and dynamic transmission error generated during the meshing of a spur gear pair model. A combination of Finite-Element Analysis, hybrid numerical/analytical methodology and optimisation algorithms were used to scrutinise the dynamic behaviour of the gear pairs under various operating conditions.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University, 07/10/2010.
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