The fatigue-life diagrams of injection-molded nylon 6 gears with different reinforcements are shown for various lubrication modes (dry, grease, splash oil lubrication) and for different meshing combinations (plastic/plastic and steel/plastic gears). Tests using a suitably designed back-to-back rig have been carried out, and the results compared with previous experiments, performed using unreinforced nylon 6 gears. 232 gears (70 in unreinforced and 162 in differently filled nylon) were tested. More than 700 · 106 cycles have been totalled. From test data, and from the “matrix” of the gear/pinion material combination, the capabilities of differently reinforced nylon 6 gears in terms of fatigue and wear resistance have been outlined. These capabilities are the basis for a proper material selection in plastic gear design.

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