This paper, by the experimental investigation, deals with the effect of different surface topographies on noise generation in gears. Results from the noise assessment of one gear before and after honing are discussed. The honing operation was applied to the gear after the grinding. The gear was tested in an actual gearbox, operated in a test rig. Running conditions were systematically changed during the test; however, the same conditions were utilized for the gear before and after honing. The aim of the study was to identify the mechanism of the expected noise reduction, with surfaces being evaluated in 3D.

The following results have been obtained: The total energy in the noise decreases significantly. The magnitude of the tooth-mesh frequency dose not change, but the level of its higher harmonics decreases significantly. These reductions are especially significant, when running at higher rotational speeds or when the applied torque is increased.

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