A new finite element model for stress analysis of gear drives is proposed. Tie-surface constraints are applied at each tooth of the gear model to obtain meshes that can be independently defined: a finer mesh at contact surfaces and fillet and a coarser mesh in the remaining part of the tooth. Tie-surface constraints are also applied for the connection of several teeth in the model. The model is validated by application of the Hertz's theory in a spiral bevel gear drive with localized bearing contact and by observation of convergency of contact and bending stresses. Maximum contact pressure, maximum Mises stress, maximum Tresca stress, maximum major principal stress, and loaded transmission errors are evaluated along two cycles of meshing. The effects of the boundary conditions that models with three, five, seven, and all the teeth of the gear drive provide on the above-mentioned variables are discussed. Several numerical examples are presented.
Implementation of a Finite Element Model for Gear Stress Analysis Based on Tie-Surface Constraints and Its Validation Through the Hertz's Theory
Contributed by the Power Transmission and Gearing Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received July 14, 2017; final manuscript received October 10, 2017; published online November 13, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Qi Fan.
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Gonzalez-Perez, I., and Fuentes-Aznar, A. (November 13, 2017). "Implementation of a Finite Element Model for Gear Stress Analysis Based on Tie-Surface Constraints and Its Validation Through the Hertz's Theory." ASME. J. Mech. Des. February 2018; 140(2): 023301. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4038301
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