This paper presents a method to compute gear mesh stiffness based on the EHD behavior by combined finite element solution of the Reynolds Equation with the elastic contact model. It is shown that this solution requires iterative procedure to balance the computed pressure profile with the external nominal transmission load. This mesh stiffness is load dependent and therefore is a nonlinear phenomenon. The nominal stiffness value is utilized to model a full (12×12) gear mesh matrix for a linear dynamic model of rotor bearing systems including gears to evaluate system dynamics and coupling between lateral/torsional vibrations.

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