An experimental investigation of spur gear behavior was conducted with the aim of quantifying the impact of lubrication methods and conditions on the power losses and contact fatigue lives. Variations of dip and jet-lubrication were defined and these behaviors were observed as a function of the lubrication conditions. All measurements were performed using the same back-to-back test machine and the same spur gear test articles such that all evaluations were correlated. Power loss experiments were performed under both loaded and unloaded conditions to determine both load-independent (spin) and load-dependent (mechanical) losses. Sets of long-cycle contact fatigue experiments were performed under the same lubrication conditions to determine macro-pitting lives in a statistically meaningful manner. Results indicate that the spin power losses are impacted by the lubrication method significantly while the mechanical losses are not influenced. Contact fatigue lives from jet-lubricated tests are comparable to those under dip-lubricated conditions ones as long as jet velocities are sufficient.

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