The Lewis form factor is a function of the number of teeth N andthe pressure angle
and is given in the following chart. Note that the old 14.5 degree form factor is notgenerally used today.
It is found that, if a pair of gears is run under load, the safeload on themdecreases as the running speed increases. Specifically, it is a function of the pitch line velocity V =
dN/12 ft/min where d is the pitch diameter ininches and N is the rotation speed in rpm.This is accounted for by the use of a velocity factor K
.Values of K
derived by Barthare used with the Lewis equation:K
= (600 + V)/600 for crude gears (typically cast metal)K
= (1200 +V)/1200 for cut or milled teethHence we get the gear stress asWe will not use the Lewis equation or the Barthvelocity factors in thiscourse as they have been superseded by the AGMA equations.
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