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1 Introduction Gear trains and speed reducers are mechanical components often used for obtaining a desired angular velocity of an output shaft, while the input shaft rotates at a different angular velocity. The angular-velocity ratio between input and output members must usually remain constant. The value of this ratio can be adjusted in some arrangements (usually with a friction or hydraulic drive and/or clutch arrangement), while in others the ratio is not adjustable. In order, therefore, to design or select a gear train or speed reducer, one of the first tasks Is the determination of the angular velocities. This will now be considered. 1.2 Single Gear Mesh Figures 1, 2 show simple spur-gear meshes with the gears meshing externally (Figure 1) or internally (Figure 2) on fixed centers. Let ω1= angular velocity of gear #1, positive counterclockwise; positive counterclockwise; ω2= angular velocity of gear #2, N1 = number of teeth on gear #1; N2 = number of teeth on gear #2. In the external mesh (Figure 1) the gears rotate in opposite directions while in the internal mesh (Figure 2) the gears rotate in the same direction. This means that if the angular velocity, ω1, is positive, angular velocity ω2 will be negative in Figure 1 and positive in Figure 2.
Figure 1 Externally Meshing Spur Gears T58
Figure 2 Internally Meshing Spur Gears The angular velocity ratio, Z21, is defined as the ratio of the angular velocity of gear #2 to that of gear #1, with appropriate attention to sign. Thus: In Figure 1, Z21 = ω2 = - N1 (1) ω1 N2 and in Figure 2, Z21 = ω2 = N1 (2) ω1 N2 The opposite signs on the right-hand sides of eqs. (1, 2) follows from the fact that in the external mesh the gears rotate In opposite directions, while in the internal mesh they rotate in the same direction, as has been stated before. In bevel gears the situation is similar, but the angular velocity vectors lie on intersecting, rather than parallel axes. Figure 3 shows an externally meshing bevel gear pair. The notation Is the same as in Figures 1, 2, except for the angular velocity vectors, ω1 and ω2 These are defined as follows. Let 0 be the point of intersection of the two shaft axes. Then the positive directions of the angular velocity vectors, ω1, ω2, are directed outward from point 0. The magnitudes of the angular velocity vectors, ω1, ω2, are denoted by ω1, ω2 respectively. The direction of rotation of a bevel gear is then obtained from the right-hand rule, as illustrated in Figure 4: if the angular velocity vector, ω1, is as shown, the direction of rotation of the associated bevel gear corresponds to that of a right-handed screw advancing in the direction of vector ωi . The angular velocity ratio, Z21, in Figure 3 is again given by: Z21 = ω2 in magnitude. (3) ω1 T59
Figure 3 Externally Meshing Bevel Gears
Figure 4 Right-hand Rule
For externally meshing bevel gears, one angular velocity vector is directed away from 0, while the other angular velocity vector is directed towards 0. The case of spur gears may be regarded as a special case in which point 0 recedes to infinity. The angular velocities in helical and worm gears can be analyzed by similar reasoning. For details the reader is referred to paragraphs 5.9.4 and 8.5, respectively, in the Section on GEARS. 1.3 Simple Spur-Gear Trains In a simple gear train, such as shown in Figure 5, only one gear is mounted on each shaft. Suppose the ith gear (i = 1, 2, 3,......., n) has N teeth and rotates with angular velocity, ωi, measured positive counterclockwise. Then the angular velocity ratio, Zj1, of the jth gear relative to the first gear is given by: Zji = wj = ± Ni w1 Nj T60 (4), where
the + sign applies when j is odd; and the - sign applies when j is even. This follows directly from the fact that the directions of rotation of adjacent shafts are opposite for externally meshing gears. For internal gear meshes eq. (4) needs to be modified so as to account for the fact that shafts connected by an internal-gear mesh rotate in the same direction. 1.4 Compound Spur Gear Trains Such a gear train is shown in Figure 6. In a compound gear train at least one shaft carries two or more gears. In the typical train shown in Figure 6, all gears are keyed to their respective shafts, so that the angular velocities of all gears are equal to that of the shaft on which they are mounted. The angular velocities of adjacent shafts are governed by the gear ratio of the associated mesh. Let Ωi denote the angular velocity of the jth shaft, going from left to right, measured positive counterclockwise. Then
Hence the angular velocity ratio, Z~, of shaft 5 to shaft 1, is given by:
Hence, for this train, (5) This is also equal to the ratio of the angular velocity of gear 8 to that of gear 1.
Figure 5 Simple Gear Trains Extended with Idler Gears T61
Figure 6 A Compound Gear Train
1.5 Reverted Gear Trains A reverted gear train Is a compound gear train at least one gear of which rotates freely on the shaft on which it is mounted, so that its speed is different from that of its shaft. In Figure 7, for example, gear #1 is rigidly connected to shaft A and gears #2, 3 are rigidly connected to shaft B. Gear #4, however, is free to rotate on shaft A. In this case,
Hence, the gear ratio, Z41, is given by:
While this formula is analogous to eq. (5), the difference is that angular velocity, w4, is not generally equal to ω1, even though both gears are mounted on the same shaft.
Figure 7 Reverted Gear Train 1.6 Simple Planetary Spur Gear Trains A planetary or epicyclic gear train is one in which the axis of at least one of the gears is moving. The simplest such train consists of three members, such as shown in Figure 8. It consists of a stationary or sun gear (#1), a planet gear (#2) rolling externally on the sun gear and an arm (#3). The motion of planet 2 consists of a rotation about its axis (02), while that axis is rotating about the axis, 01, of the sun gear. In this sense the motion is like that of a planet around the sun. The path of a general point on the planet (inside the pitch circle) Is an epicycloidal path and hence, this gear train is also called an epicyclic gear train. T62
Figure 8 Simple Planetary Spur Gear Train For purposes of kinematic analysis we consider the more general case In which all three members are moving, but point O1 remains fixed. Let the angular velocities of the sun gear, planet and arm be denoted by ω1, ω2, ω3, respectively, the positive sense being counterclockwise. We consider the actual motion of the system as composed of two motions: a. Motion with the arm: the gears and arm rotate as one integral unit about the center of the sun gear; b. Motion relative to the arm: the gears rotate about fixed centers while the arm is stationary. We then sum both motions in such proportion that the motion is the real motion of the system. For example, if gear #1 is stationary, its angular velocity when summed must vanish. This procedure can be conveniently carried out in tabular form and hence is known as the tabular method: Motion Rotation with arm Rotation relative to arm Σ (Sum) Hence Gear #1 x Y Gear #2 x z21Y O Arm #3 x
ω1 = X + Y ω1 = X + Y ω2 = X+Z21Y ω3 = X
ω2= X + Z21Y
(i) (ii) (iii)
ω3 = X
Eliminating X, V from eqs. (i, ii, iii), we have: (7) This is the general relationship between the angular velocities of the gears and arm. It follows that when all members are free to rotate, it is a two-degree-of-freedom system. Now we specialize to the case of Figure 8 by setting w1 equal to zero. Eq. (7) then becomes: (8) From eq. (8) we note that the angular velocity of the planet is the difference of two angular velocities: the angular velocity of the arm and the angular velocity of the planet relative to the arm. For this reason such gear trains are also sometimes called differential gear trains. In the case of an internal spur gear mesh eq. (7) remains valid, the value of Z21 now being positive. The analysis of planetary bevel gear trains can be developed in a similar manner, with careful attention to the vector directions of each of the angular velocities. 1.7 Compound Planetary Spur Gear Trains These are also known as coupled epicyclics. Such trains consist of several Interconnected simple planetary spur gear trains. The interconnections can result in complex systems and practice is required in order to gain an understanding of their characteristics. A number of methods have been proposed for the kinematic analysis of compound planetary gear trains. A method which seems relatively straightforward and general is based on the following considerations. Any compound planetary gear train, as stated above, consists of a set of interconnected simple planetary gear trains. We can write the general equation (7) for each simple gear train and solve these for the various angular velocities. In order to carry Out this procedure we need to identify the two gears and the arm for each simple train, as well as the fixed member, if any. Planets in parallel are discarded inasmuch as these are kinematically redundant. They are used for strength and torque capacity. We illustrate the procedure in the case of the planetary gear train shown in Figure 9. This consists of an input arm, 2; a sun gear, 1; a floating link, 3, mounted on the arm and integral with the coaxial planets 3', 3", and an output gear, 4, coaxial with the axis of the arm. This is a compound planetary gear train consisting of two simple planetary trains. The first consists of arm 2, planet 3' and sun gear 1; the second consists of arm 2, planet 3M and gear 4. We rewrite eq. (7) in the general form: Zjiωi - ωj (1 - Zji)ωk = 0 (9), where i, j, denote the gears and k denotes the arm. The number of teeth on each gear and the angular velocities are defined as follows: Gear 1: N1 teeth; ω1 Arm2 : ω2 Link 3 : ω3 Gear 3': N3' teeth; ω3 Gear 3": N3" teeth; ω3 Gear 4: N4 teeth; ω4 T64
Angular velocities are positive counterclockwise when viewed from arrow A in Figure 9. For the first simple planetary train: i = 1, j = 3' and k = 2, while for the second, i = 3", j = 4 and k = 2. Substituting these values into eq. (9), we have: Z3'1 ω1 - ω3 + (1 - Z3'1)ω2 = 0 (i) Z43" ω3 - ω4 + (1 - Z43")ω2 = 0 (ii) Since the sun gear is stationary, we set ω1 = 0. Also: Z3'1 = - N1/N3' and Z43" = - N3 (iii) N4 Substituting (iii) into (i) and (ii) - and letting ω1= 0 - we can solve for the angular velocity ratio, Z24 = ω4/ω2: Z24 = ω4 = 1 - N1N3" (10) N3N4 ω2 While some compound planetary trains are far more complex than that of Figure 9, the procedure for the kinematic analysis is the same.
Figure 9 Planetary Gear Train 1.8 Bevel-Gear Differentials A differential Is a planetary gear train having two degrees of freedom and with input and output shafts usually (but not necessarily) coaxial. The most familiar form of the bevel gear differential is shown schematically in Figure 10. It consists of a planet (gear #2) engaging two equal bevel gears (#1, #4) and an arm (#3). The axes of bevel gears 1 and 4 and arm 3 coincide and are always perpendicular to the axis of planet T65
gear 2. Usually all three gears are of the same size, so that Z21 = Z24 and are of unit magnitude. The differential is a combination of two simple planetary bevel gear trains: 1-2-3' and 4_2_3". In Figure 10, unit vector i lies along the axes of gears 1,4 and arm 2, while unit vector i lies along the axis of planet 2, both vectors directed outward from the point of intersection, 0, of the axes of gears 1-4 and 2. In this case it 18 simplest to apply the tabular method to the entire differential: Motion Motion with arm Motion relative to arm Σ (Sum) Gear I xi Yi ω1 = (X + Y)i Gear 2 xi - Yj ω2 = Xi + Yj Arm 3 xi O ω3 = Xi Gear 4 xi - Yi ω4 = (X - Y)i
In the table the vectors ω1 (i = 1, 2, 3, 4) denote the vector angular velocities of the four members of the train. The magnitudes of ω1, ω2, and ω3 and ω1, ω3, and ω4, respectively. From the last row of the table: ω1 = X + Y (i) ω3 = X (ii) ω4 = X - Y (iii) Eliminating X, V from eqs. (i, ii, iii), we have, (11) ω3 = 1/2 (ω1 + ω4)
Figure 10 Schematic of Bevel Gear Differential T66
Hence, the angular velocity of the arm is equal to the average of the angular velocities of gears 1 and 4. If gears 1 and 4 rotate at the same speed, both the arm and gears 1 and 4 move as a single unit. If, however, gear 1 is stationary, for example, the speed of the arm is one half that of gear 4. When the speeds of two members are given (the members being gear 1, gear 4 and the arm), the speed of the third is determined. Conversely, if only the speed of the arm is specified, the average of the speeds of gears 1 and 4 is equal to that of the arm, but the magnitude of the speeds of each gear would be a function of the resisting load on shafts 1 and 4. The latter, for example, is the case in an automobile differential in which shafts 1 and 4 are the tire axles and arm 3 is geared to the driveshaft. 2.0 FORCE TRANSMISSION IN GEAR TRAINS 2.1 General Except for starting and stopping, the gears in gear trains usually operate at constant angular velocities. A static force analysis suffices for most purposes and hence this discussion will be limited to statically transmitted forces. For the dynamic tooth load, the reader is referred to the references at the end of the Section on GEARS. For design purposes two types of forces need to be considered at the very beginning of gear train design. The first is associated with bearing reactions and the second with power transmission. The power-transmitting forces are needed in sizing gears and in determining efficiencies. They act tangentially at the pitch line and transmit the force from one gear to a meshing gear. In this paragraph frictional effects will be neglected. Frictional effects will be considered, however, in the determination of power loss and efficiencies, in which friction can be very significant. It is important to realize that the tooth load between gears includes both tangential and normal components - the latter due to the pressure-angle effect. For purposes of power transmission, however, we are interested only in the former. Bearing reactions In gear trains can be quite complex, especially in helical, bevel, worm and hypoid gearing. To determine these the reader is referred to the references, especially Ref. 3 listed in the Section on GEARS. 2.2 Tangential Forces In A Single Spur Gear Mesh We consider the simple spur gear train shown in Figure 1 together with Figure 11, which shows the pitch circles and nomenclature. A driving torque, M1 (positive counterclockwise) acts on gear #1 and a load torque, M2 (also positive counterclockwise) acts on driven gear #2. Let Wtij = tangential force transmitted by gear i to meshing gear j, acting at the pitch line. In Figure 11, Wt21 is positive when vertical and up, as shown. For static equilibrium of gear #1, we have, M1 + Wt21 R1 = 0 (12),
where R1 denotes the pitch radius of gear #1 and moments have been taken about axis 01 of gear #1. Hence, Wt21 = - M1 R1 T67 (13).
Figure 11 Nomenclature for Spur Gear Mesh of Figure 1 Since action and reaction are equal and opposite, we have Wt12 = - Wt21 = M1 (14), R1 the positive direction of all forces being vertically up. If M1 is in in-lbs and R1 in inches, then Wt21 and Wt12 will be in lbs. If the input horsepower (H.P.), rather than the input torque, is given we convert as follows: M1(in-lbs) = 6600 (H.P.)/ω1 (15), where ω1 denotes the angular velocity of gear #1 in rad/sec, positive counterclockwise. If the input speed of gear #1 is given as N1 RPM (positive counterclockwise), eq. (15) becomes: M1 (in-lbs) 63025 (H.P.)/N1 (16). The situation for single internal, helical and bevel gear meshes is analogous. 2.3 Tangential Forces In The Simple Spur Gear Train We again consider the simple spur gear train shown in Figure 5. Assume a counterclockwise input torque, M1, acting on gear #1, which is rotating counterclockwise at ω1 rad/sec., as shown. Let ω1 = angular velocity of gear i, positive counterclockwise and let Wtij = tangential force exerted by gear i on gear j21 positive vertical and up. The tangential force, Wt21, is determined from eq. (13). Consider next the equilibrium of gear #2. The tangential forces are shown in Figure 12. Taking moments about axis O2: R2Wt32 - R2Wt12 = 0 (17) T68
Figure 12 Gear 2 of Figure 5 and Forces Acting on it whence Wt32 = Wt12 = M1 R1 (18).
Hence, Wt32 acts vertically up. Since the pitch-line speeds of all gears are identical in magnitude, we conclude that the tangential forces, Wtij, are identical in magnitude and direction. 2.4 Tangential Forces In Compound Spur Gear Trains We again consider the compound spur gear train shown in Figure 6, with counterclockwise input torque, M1, and with gear #1 rotating counterclockwise at ω1 rad/sec. To determine the tangentially transmitted forces we utilize the fact that in the absence of friction there is no power loss in the system. Hence, the power transmitted through mesh i-j is equal to the input power. Hence, M1ω1= Wtij Rjωj (i) This yields Wtij = M1ω1 Rjωj (ii)
where Rj, wj denote pitch radius and angular velocity of gear j, as previously defined. The angular velocity ratios can be determined by the methods described in paragraph 1.4. For example, in Figure 6, suppose we wish to find the tangential force acting between gears 7 and 8. Then from eq. (20) with i = 7 and j = 8, we have, Wt78 = M1ω1 R8ω8 and from eq. (5), ω8 ω1 = N1N3N5N7 N2N4N6N8 (iv) (iii).
Substituting (22) into (21), we have, Wt78 = M1 N2N4N6N8 R8 N1N3N5N7 T69
Since Wt78 is positive, it acts vertically up. Reverted gear trains can be handled in an analogous manner, attention being given to the sign conventions for forces, torques and angular velocities. 2.5 Planetary Spur Gear Trains The analysis again involves the conditions of static equilibrium for the members of the train. We illustrate the procedure by considering the compound, planetary spur gear train shown in Figure 9. In the figure, M2 denotes the input torque, acting on arm 2, and M4 the load torque exerted on gear 4. In order to clarify positive senses of rotations and torques, Figure 13 shows an end view of the train In the direction of arrow A of Figure 9. It is now convenient to denote all forces by the symbol Fij, where Fij means the force exerted by link i on link j (it follows that Fji = - Fij ). The positive directions of horizontal and vertical forces are to the right and up, respectively. Figure 14 represents a free-body diagram of arm 2. Taking moments about point 0: M2 - F32R = 0 (i), where R = OP (length of arm). Hence, F32 = M2 R (ii).
Figure 13 End View of Gear Train Shown in Figure Figure 14 Free-Body Diagram 9 of Arm 2 of Gear Train Shown in Figure 9 T70
The forces acting on floating link 3, which includes the two planet gears 3' and 3", are shown in Figure 15. The equations of equilibrium for link 3 are: F13 + F43 + F23 = 0 (iii) and R3" F43 + R3' F13 = 0 (iv), where R3', R3" denote the pitch radii of gears 3', 3", respectively. Solving for F43 and F13 from eqs. (ii, iii, iv), we find: F43 = F13 = - M2R3 R(R3" - R3') (v)
M2R3" (vi). R(R3' - R3") This shows that when R3' < R3", as is the case in this example, F43 acts towards the left and F13 towards the right (Figure 15).
Figure 15 Free-Body Diagram of Link 3 of Gear Train Shown in Figure 9 Finally we consider the equilibrium of output member 4, as shown In Figure 16. Taking moments about point O: - F34R4 + M4 = 0, so that M4 = F34 R4 M4 = M2R3'R4 R(R3" - R3') (vii) (viii)
Although eq. (viii) is not needed in the determination of the forces, it leads to the following useful check on the consistency of the derivations. Since this analysis assumes negligible friction, we can equate input power to output power: M2ω2 + M4ω4 = 0 T71 (ix),
whence M4 = - ω2 (x). M2 ω4 Substituting the right-hand side of eq. (viii) for M4 and the right-hand side of eq. (10) for ω4/ω2 into (x), with R = R1 + R3. and R4 = R1 + R3' - R3", it is not difficult to show that eq. (ix) is satisified identically. The forces in planetary gear trains can be very high. In this example, F43 and F13 become very large when R3. and R3 are nearly equal (see eqs. (v) and (vi)), i.e. if large reduction ratios are involved. This can be important in the analysis of power losses, which will be discussed in the section on efficiencies.
Figure 16 Free-Body Diagram of Gear 4 of Gear Train Shown in Figure 9 2.6 The Bevel Gear Differential In bevel gears the tangential forces, Fij, are considered as acting at the mean pitch radius. We now consider the bevel gear differential shown in Figure 10. Figures 17a, b, c, d show end views of the pitch circles of various gears and a view of the arm - the former from A and the latter from C, respectively, in the direction of center 0. The notation is as shown. Unit vectors I, j are outwardly directed from point 0 along OA and OB, respectively. The angular velocities of gears 1, 4, and the arm are related according to eq. (11): ω3 = 1/2(ω1 + ω4) (11). We now consider the equations of static equilibrium. From Figure 17a, M1 - F21R = 0 ... F21 = M1/R From Figure 17b, M4 - F24R = 0 T72
(i) (ii) (iii),
F24 = M4/R From Figure 17c, F12R=F42R and F12 + F32 + F42 = 0 Let F12 = F42 = F(say) so that from (ii) and (iv) we have M1 = M4 = M(say) Hence, from (vi), F32 = - 2F From Figure 17d, M3 = F23R = 2FR Now M1 = M4 = F21R = - FR Hence, M1 + M3 + M4 = 0 which is a consistency check. From the conservation of energy: M1ω1 + M4ω4 + M3ω3 = 0 or - FR ω1 - FR ω4 + 2FR ω3 = 0 or ω3 = 1/2(ω1 + ω4) which confirms eq. (11). Summarizing: ω3 = 1/2(ω1 + ω4) M1 = M4 = - FR and M3 = 2FR T73
(iv). (v) (vi). (vii) (viii); (ix). (x) (xi). (xii), (xiii), (xiv), (xv), (11) (xi) (x).
Now it power is applied to arm 3 (as is the case in an automotive differential, for example), M3 and ω3 are given inputs. Then M1 = M4 = - 1/2 M3 and the power output will be (-M1ω1) at shaft #1 and (-M4ω4) at shaft 4 (i.e. the shaft carrying gear #4). If ω1 = ω3 + ∆ω (xvi) and ω4 = ω3 - ∆ω (xvii), where ∆ω is a measure of the differential speed relative to arm, then - M1 ω1 = 1/2 M3ω1 = 1/2 M3(ω3 + ∆ω) (xviii) and - M4 ω4 = 1/2 M3 ω4 = 1/2 M3 (ω3 - ∆ω) (xix). Hence, the fraction of power delivered to shafts 1 and 4 depends on the speed differential relative to the arm. In an automotive differential, for example, in which planet 2 is geared to the drive shaft, this speed differential Is determined by the radius of the turn made by the T74
automobile. In general, for differentials operating with more than -one degree of freedom, speeds and power flow depend on the resisting torques or load torques exerted on the output shafts. The torque distribution and power flow through differential and planetary gearing can be quite complicated, but the principles of their determination remains the same as in the above example. 3.0 POWER FLOW 3.1 General The determination of power flow in gear trains is important for several reasons. It is needed in determining power losses and efficiencies. In some of the more complicated gear trains the power may branch and the circulation of power within the system may even exceed the transmitted power. In instrument and control applications the efficiencies ale often critical, while in power applications both power flow, distribution and efficiency may be critical. In simple and compound gear trains-the determination of power flow is generally straightforward If as a first approximation friction is neglected the condition that input power is equal to output power, is generally sufficient to determine power flow. The problem becomes more difficult in power-dividing trains, such as planetary gear trains and differentials. The following gives an elementary account of the subject. For a more in-depth treatment, the following references are recommended:-(i) "Gear Handbook", D.W. Dudley, Editor-in-Chief, McGraw-Hill Book Co. Inc., New York, N.Y. 1962:-(ii) "Spur Gears" by E. Buckingham, McGraw-Hill Book Co Inc., New York, N.Y., 1928. (iii) "Gear Trains" by H.E. Merritt, Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd., London, 1947. The latter two are old classics, but still very worth while. 3.2 Fundamentals: The Single Gear Mesh We consider once again the simple gear train shown in Figure 1 and the associated nomenclature defined in paragraphs 1.2 and 2.2. Assume torques Mi (i = 1, 2) and angular velocities (i = 1, 2) acting on gears 1 and 2, respectively, the positive direction being counterclockwise. If M1 is given in in-lbs and ω1 in rad/sec, the input power will be in units of in-lb/sec. In the absence of frictional losses, the conservation of energy yields M1ω1+M2ω2 = 0 i.e. input power is equal to output power. For power-flow purposes, however, it is more useful to work with forces and linear velocities, rather than-with torques and angular velocities. For example, the tangentially transmitted force multiplied by the pitch-line velocity also gives the power transmitted across gear meshes. In the following let us assume that input torque (M1) and speed (ω1) are counterclockwise and that the positive direction of forces and velocities is vertical and up. In Figure 1 the tangentially transmitted force, Wt12, acting on gear 2 is given by the expression: Wt12 = M1 lbs R1 The pitch-line velocity, v12, is given by: v12 = R1ω1 T75 (19b) (19a)
Hence, the power transmitted from the driving to the driven gear is equal to the product: Wt12v12 = (M1/R1) (R1ω1) = M1ω1, as before. For purposes of power flow determination, it is useful to summarize the preceding in the following table:
The product (Wt12v12) of tangential force acting on gear #1 and pitch-line velocity is negative, while the product of tangential force (Wt12v12) acting on gear #2 and pitch-line velocity is positive. At the same time we know that the power flow is directed from gear 1 towards gear 2. Hence, we have the following PRODUCT RULE: The power flow is directed from the gear having the negative force-velocity product to the gear having the positive force-velocity product, the force being the tangential force acting on that gear. This is a useful and general criterion for the calculation of power flow, including gear trains in which the power flow is more complicated. 3.3 Simple And Compound Gear Trains In a simple spur gear train, each gear transmits the input power to the adjacent gear and the power flow is straightforward. In many compound gear trains, such as that of Figure 6, the situation is the same. In some compound trains, such as that of Figure 18, power branching may occur. In Figure 18 the input power(M1ω1) splits into two branches at point A, one delivering (-M5ω5) and the other (-M4ω4) in-lb/sec. The problem becomes determinate if we know either one of these, in view of the energy-conservation condition: M1ω1+M4ω4+M5ω5=0. The problem is then reduced to the power flow in three simple gear trains: O1A, AO2 and AO3.
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3.4 Planetary Spur Gear Trains We consider once again the planetary gear train shown in Figure 9 and Figures 13, 14, 15. Although this is not a split-power train it illustrates the general procedure involving the force-velocity products very well. In Figure 13 let us assume a counterclockwise input torque (M2) and input angular velocity (ω2). Since the power does not branch it follows that the input power, (M2 ω2), is transmitted through every link of the system. Let us confirm this now by independent calculation of the force-velocity products. Let Pij denote the power transmitted by link i to link j. Note that Pji = - Pij. The power transmitted by arm 2 to link 3 (planet carrier) is given by: P23 = F23 v23 (i), where v23 is the linear speed of point P (Figure 13), the axis of the pin joint connecting links 2 and 3. As in the previous derivations velocities are positive to the right and forces are positive vertically up in the views shown in Figures 13, 14, 15. From Par. 2.5, we have F23 = - M2/R (ii). Furthermore, v23 = - R ω2 (iii). Hence, for link 3 the force-velocity product is ( - M2/R) ( - R ω2) = M2 ω2 and this is positive. For link 2, F32 = - F23 = M2/R and v23 is unchanged. Hence, the force-velocity product for link 2 is negative. Thus we conclude that the total input power (M2 ω2) is transmitted from link 2 to link 3. Since the pitch-line speed for the mesh between sun gear 1 and gear 3' is zero, no power is transmitted through this mesh, as is obvious. Considering now the mesh between gear 3" and gear 4, the force F34 was given in paragraph 2.5 as follows: F34 = M2R3 (iv) R(R3" - R3') Furthermore, v34 = - R4ω4 = - R4 ω4 ω2 (v). ω2 Replacing Ni by Ri in eq. (10), we have, ω4 = R3'R4 - R1R3" (vi). ω2 R3R4 Combining eqs. (iv) and (v), T77
F34v34 = - M2ω2R3'R4 (R3'R4 - R1R3") R(R3" - R3') R3'R4 = - M2ω2 (R3'R4 - R1R3") (vii) R(R3" - R3') If gear 4 is indeed the driven gear and our procedure is correct, it is necessary that the product F34 v34 be positive and equal to M2 ω2, i.e. it is necessary that R3'R4 - R1R3" = -1 (viii). R(R3" - R3') Setting R = R1 + R3' and R4 = R3' - R3", and substituting Into (viii), we readily obtain the required identity. Hence, the force-velocity product rule gives the correct power flow for the gear train. The procedure In more complex cases remains the same and is particularly useful in the determination of power loss and efficiency, which will be explained next. 4.0 GEAR TRAIN EFFICIENCY 4.1 General Power losses in gear trains are associated principally with two factors: tooth friction and churning losses. Churning losses are relatively independent of the nature of the train and the reduction ratios and for this reason they tend to be less significant in the design stage than frictional losses. Churning losses are difficult to calculate and for a discussion of what information is available on the subject the reader is referred to Ref. 3 (Gear Handbook) cited in the references in the section on GEARS. The frictional losses, which are strongly dependent on the arrangement of the gear train and the reduction ratios, have been the subject of considerable investigation. Tables are available for calculating the energy lost by friction during tooth engagement for a single mesh as a function of pressure angle, gear ratio, gear size, and an assumed average value of the coefficient of friction. These tables involve an analysis of the contact forces and sliding velocities occurring between contacting gear teeth. The choice of an average coefficient of friction Is based on the materials involved, the lubricant, if any, service conditions and experience. For details the reader is referred to the literature cited at the end of the section on GEARS. For preliminary design calculations the significance of power-loss determination can be particularly high in gear arrangements involving split power paths and/or large reductions, such as can occur in planetary gear trains and differentials. In such trains power loss due to friction can be critical and needs to be estimated in order to size both the gears, and the capacity of the motor or other driving element. In order to arrive at an estimate, which provides a good first approximation with minimum calculation, we follow the recommendation of Buckingham (Spur Gears, McGraw-Hill, 1928), which is still a good one even today. This, in effect, states that for average operating conditions, the power loss at each mesh can be approximated as 1 % of the potential power transmitted through the mesh. Figures quoted in the literature vary from less than 1/2% to 2% and the reader can always adjust the percentage if desired. The concept of potential power, which will be explained in the following paragraph, provides an estimate of power loss which is acceptable for preliminary design purposes. If more precise information is needed, the reader is referred to the literature cited in paragraph 3.1 on T78
power flow, Inasmuch as the phenomena involved are complicated, the only completely reliable procedure for determining power loss (as in all other cases as well!) is prototype testing. However, there is no reason to exaggerate the difficulty of the calculations. The subject of power flow and losses is often regarded and treated as a mysterious specialty. It is not. The basic principles are simple and readily evaluated. In the following we shall attempt to explain them. 4.2 The Basic Principle Of Power-Loss Determination Every spur gear train consists of a combination of simple meshes consisting of two meshing gears and the associated arm, as shown in Figure 19. Except in very rare cases the arm is either stationary or rotating about a fixed axis (the axis of one of the gears). Once we can determine the power loss in this simple system we can determine the power loss in an entire planetary or other gear train.
Figure 19 Planetary Spur Gear Train In Figure 19 both gears and the arm are rotating. The tangentially transmitted force, F12, between gears 1 and 2 can be determined according to the methods described in Par. 2.0. According to Buckingham the rate at which power is lost In friction is proportional to the product of the tangentially transmitted force and the velocity of tooth engagement. The linear velocity of tooth engagement is equal to the product of the pitch radius and the angular velocity of tooth engagement. If the arm were stationary the linear velocity of tooth engagement would simply be the velocity, v12, of the pitch point P. If on the other hand the arm and gears are rotating as one rigid system about point 01, there is no relative motion between the gears and the velocity of tooth engagement vanishes. It follows, therefore, that the linear velocity of tooth engagement, VE12, is the magnitude of the difference between the velocity of the pitch point, P, and the velocity of the instantaneously coincident point on the arm: VE12 = - (ω2 R2 - ω3 R2) = - (w2 - w3) R2 (20), the positive direction of VE12 being to the right. T79
The magnitude of the product of F12 and vE12 is the potential power according to Buckingham. The power loss due to tooth friction is proportional to this product and estimated at 1%. Thus denoting the power loss by ∆P12, we have, ∆P12 = | F12vE12| (0.01) = 0.01 | F12R2| |ω2 - ω3| (21). Although the potential power is not the actual power except for gears operating on fixed centers, It corresponds to the power which would be transmitted by the same gear pair operating on fixed centers at angular velocities (ω1 - ω3) for gear 1 and (ω2 - ω3) for gear 2. The actual pitch-line velocity of the gear mesh of Figure 19 is ( - R2 ω2). Hence the ratio, µ, of potential power to actual power is given by:
(22). In high-reduction planetary gearing the velocity of the output gear (or an intermediate gear) can be substantially less than that of the associated arm, i.e. ω3/ω2 »1. In such a case the potential power can be much larger than the actual power. The frictional losses will then be much greater than In a simple or compound gear train having the same reduction ratio. The example in the next paragraph illustrates the calculations involved. 4.3 Power Loss In A Planetary Spur Gear Train We consider once again the planetary gear train shown in Figures 9, 13, 14 and 15. Suppose the gears are 24 D.P. with the following number of teeth and pitch radii: N1 = 36 corresponding to R1 = 0.750" N3. = 24 corresponding to R3' = 0.500" N3. = 27 corresponding to R3" = 0.5625" N4 = 33 corresponding to R4 = 0.6875". Let the Input speed be 250 RPM counterclockwise and the input torque be 25 in-lbs. counterclockwise. In this case. M2 = 25 in-lbs. ω2 = (250) (2π)/(60) = 26.18 rad/sec. R = R1 + R3' = 1.25 inches F32 (Par. 2.5, eq. (ii)) = M2 R = 25 1.25 = 20 lbs.
F43 (Par. 2.5 eq (v)) = - M2R3' = (-)(25)(0.500) R(R3"-R3') (1.25)(0.5625-0.500) = - 160 lbs. For the mesh 1-3' the magnitude of the velocity of tooth engagement is given by the product of the pitch radius, R1, of the sun gear and angular velocity, ω2, of the arm: VE23' = R1 ω2 = (0.750) (26.18) = 19.64 in/sec. T80
the potential power, ∆P13', of the mesh is given by ∆P13' = |F23' VE23'| = (20)(19.64) = 392.8 in-lb/sec. The frictional power loss at this mesh, therefore, is estimated at (0.01) (392.8) or 3.93 in-lb/sec. For the mesh 3" - 4, F3"4 = 160 lbs.*
= |VE3"4| = = =
- 5.95 rad/sec. R4 |ω4 - ω2 | (0.6815)| - 5.95 - 26.18| 22.09 in/sec.
Hence, the potential power, ∆P3"4, is given by: ∆P3"4 = | F3"4VE3"4| = (160) (22.09) = 3534 in-lb/sec. Hence, the frictional power loss associated with this mesh is estimated at 1% of 3534 or 3534 in-lb/sec. Thus the total power loss of the system (neglecting friction in the pin Joints) is 3.9+35.34 = 39.27 in-lb/sec. The input power, M2 ω2, is (25) (26.18) or 654.5 in-lb/sec. Hence, the efficiency, η, of the gear train is: η = 654.5 - 39.27 654.5 = 94% It is worth noting that the largest power loss occurs at the high-reduction mesh. The potential power at the 3"-4 mesh is 3534 in-lb/sec. This is more than five times the transmitted power. In both instrument and power applications this can be significant, since it may indicate a high rate of heat dissipation and wear. As a second example, let us consider the case in which N1 = 36, N3 = 24 as before, but N3" = 25 and N4 = 35, corresponding to R3" = 0.5208" and R4 = 0.7292".
*Strictly speaking F34 should be 1 % less than 160 lbs., due to the power loss in mesh 1-3. In this example, however, this difference is sufficiently small so that in this preliminary calculation we shall neglect it. This same approximation will be made for the modified proportions which follow in the next example. T81
In that case F32 = 20 lbs, as before and F43" = (-)(25)(0.500) (1.25) (0.0208) = - 480.76 lbs.
VE3"4 = (0.7292) (- 1.87 - 26.18) = 20.45 in/sec. The power loss, ∆P13', at the 1-3' mesh is 3.93 in-lbs, as before. At the 3"-4 mesh the power loss, ∆P3"4, is P3"4 = (480.76) (20.45) = 9,831 in-lb/sec. Hence, the power loss at this mesh is 98.31 in-lb/sec. The total power loss, therefore, is 98.31 + 3.93 = 102.24 in-lb/sec, corresponding to an efficiency of: η = 654.50 - 102.24 654.50 = 84.37. Thus increasing the reduction ratio from 4.4 to 14 has increased the power loss from 6% to 15.6% i.e. by a factor of about 2.6. When a substantial amount of power is transmitted by the system this power loss would significantly increase the required input power. The gear train would need to be designed so as to be able to dissipate the heat generated at the 3"-4 mesh, as well as to tolerate the wear at this mesh. The efficiency estimate of other planetary gear trains, including bevel gear differentials, follows along the same lines. For simple and compound gear trains (in which the gears operate on fixed centers), the potential power is equal to the actual power at each mesh and the efficiency estimate can be made more rapidly. While these estimates are adequate for preliminary design purposes, they are not intended to replace prototype testing and eventual design refinement. The estimate can be very useful, however, in the preliminary sizing of gears and pointing to potential trouble spots, which can then be remedied in the design stage. 5.0 MINIMIZATiON OF GEAR TRAIN INERTIA(*) (*) (i) Black, T. "Designing low-inertia instrument drives", Product Eng'g. 50, Dec. 1979, pp. 31-33. (ii) Burgess, E.G. "Minimization of gear train inertia", Trans. ASME 76B, J. Eng. Ind., 1954, pp. 493-496. (iii) Davis, S.A. and Ledgerwood, B.K. "Gearing", Section 13, Control Engineers Handbook, J.G. Truxal, Editor, McGraw-Hill, 1958. (iv) Peterson, D.P. "Predicting minimum-inertia power gear trains", Machine Design 26, June 1954, pp. 161-167. (v) Stoner, T.A. and Sipek, G.B. "Design of power spur-gear trains for minimum inertia", ASME Paper 54-F-8, Sept. 1954. T82
5.1 Introduction To Gear Train Inertia Minimization The minimization of gear train inertia is useful for the following purposes: * To obtain fastest response for a given Input torque, such as a motor torque. This is often desirable in instrument drives and control applications. * To minimize driving torque for a given system response. In order to arrive at a minimum-Inertia design, certain assumptions are commonly made. For instrument trains it is often (but not always) assumed that all pinions are identical and of minimum size consistent with avoiding undercut. For power applications, on the other hand, pinion size is governed principally by load and wear considerations. Despite these differences the derivations and results in both cases bear a strong similarity. In the following we describe the minimization of gear train inertia for instrument and control applications. The development which follows is based entirely on the fundamental work of Burgess (see Ref. (ii) below), with the exception of the modifications needed for controlling backlash. It will be found that the optimization for minimum gear train inertia is remarkably effective in the sense that output response is far more rapid than what might have been obtained in the absence of optimization. 5.1.1. The Moment Of Inertia Of Rigid Bodies (a) Definition of Moment of Inertia Inertia may be regarded as a property of a body which resists a change in its state of motion. For example, if a gear rotates at constant speed about a fixed axis, the torque, T, required to accelerate the gear with a given angular acceleration, α, is proportional to its moment of inertia, I, about that axis: T= l α (i). Thus the moment of inertia is important in determining the torques and accelerations of rotating systems such as gear trains. (b) Units and Formulas The moment of inertia, I, of a mass particle about a given axis is defined as the product of the mass, m, of the particle and the square of its distance, d, from the axis. Such a moment of inertia is called a mass moment of inertia. If the weight of the particle is W, then: I = md2 = Wd2 (ii), g where g is the gravitational constant. The units of inertia are in-lb-sec2. For gear-train calculations we often need the moment of inertia of rotating parts having a solid or hollow cylindrical cross-section. The moment of inertia about the axis of the cylinder, which is usually also the axis of rotation, is called a polar (mass) moment of inertia. For example, for a circular cylinder, radius a, and weight W, the polar moment of Inertia, ip, is given by: IP = Wa2 (iii). 2g For a cylindrical pipe, the outer and inner radii of which are a0 and ai, respectively, IP = w(a02 - ai2) (iv). 2g T83
The moments of inertia of many rigid bodies about various axes has been tabulated in engineering handbooks. (C) Equivalent Inertia In the case of geared systems we are often interested in the acceleration produced by a given motor torque. Since change ratios are involved at each gear mesh, the simple equation T = l α [eq. (i)] needs to be modified. The modified, more general equation can be expressed In the form: T = lequα (v), where T = motor torque α = angular acceleration at motor pinion and lequ = equivalent system Inertia as seen at motor pinion. The equivalent system inertia is the sum of the effective Inertia of each moving component. The effective inertia of each moving component Is the product of its polar mass moment of inertia (Including that of any integrally attached shafting) and the square of the speed ratio, R,, between It and the motor shaft. If the speed ratio. A,. is defined to be always greater than unity, the following rule applies: Rule for effective inertia computation: If the component (gear or pinion) rotates faster than the motor pinion, multiply its polar moment of inertia by Ri2 lf the motor pinion rotates faster than the component divide Its polar moment of inertia by Ri2. For example, for the gear train shown in Figure 19a, which illustrates a three-mesh speed. reducer train, let lm = motor Inertia l1 = inertia of motor pinion l2 = inertia of gear 1 and pinion 2 l3 = inertia of gear 2 and pinion 3 l4 = inertia of gear 3 lL = load inertia. It is assumed that the inertia of associated shafting has been included.
Figure 19a Three-Mesh Reducing Gear Train T84
Let NGi, NPi (i = 1, 2, 3) denote the number of teeth of the jth gear and pinion, respectively (NGi > NPi). Also let mi = NGi/NPi = reduction ratio of jth mesh and ω1 = speed of motor pinion ω2 = speed of gear 1 and pinion 2 ω3 = speed of gear 2 and pinion 3 ω4 = speed of gear 3 and load Then (vi) ω2 = ω1/m1 ω3 = ω1/(m1 m2) ω4 = ω1/(m1 m2 m3) The equivalent moment of inertia of the gear train as seen at the motor pinion is then given by: lequ = l1 + l2 + l3 + l4 (vii). m12 (m1m2)2 (m1m2m3)2 Imagine now that motor and load were interchanged so that the train functions as a speed-increasing gear train. In this case: ω4 = angular velocity of motor and gear 3 From eq (vi), ω3 = ω4 m3 ω2 = ω4 m2 m3 ω1 = ω4 m1 m2 m3
Hence, according to the rule given earlier in this paragraph, the equivalent moment of inertia, lequ at the motor pinion is now given by: lequ = l4 + l3 m32 + l2 (m2 m3)2 + (l1 + lL) (m1 m2 m3)2 = (m1m2m3)2 lequ + lm + lL (ix) 2 (m1m2m3) Hence, excluding motor and load inertia the equivalent moment of inertia of the gear train has increased by the square of the overall speed-change ratio (m1 m2 m3) of the system. This shows the limitations resulting when a speed reducer is used as a speed increaser by simply interchanging motor and load. It also follows that for any speed-increasing gear train, the moments of inertia at the high-speed end need to be minimized. Any fractional power loss will be magnified due to the higher speeds of the gears involved. in the speed increasing arrangement, the stage, which had been the input stage, has now become the output stage. The load applied to this output stage of the speed increaser should not exceed the design strength of the gears of that stage. T85
5.2 The Single Mesh In Figure 20 a motor exerting a torque, Tm, and having a motor shaft of polar moment of inertia, Im, carries a pinion (polar moment of inertia lP) on the motor shaft. The pinion drives a gear (polar moment of inertial lG), the reduction ratio being R. The gear is directly coupled to a rotary load of polar moment of inertia, lL. All moments of inertia are mass moments. From eq. (i) of Par. 5.1.1, Tm = lequ am where Tm = motor torque lequ = equivalent system inertia at motor pinion and am = angular acceleration of motor pinion. The angular acceleration, aL, of the load is given by: aL = am R According to eq. (vii) of Par. 5.1.1, lequ = (lm + lP) + (lG - lL) Substituting (ii) and (iii) Into (i), we have, (i),
(23) lG = kR4lP lP k = Wg tg WP tP T86 (24) (25)
Wg, WP, represent material densities (lbs/in3) of gear and pinion, respectively; and tg, tP their respective thicknesses. The moments of inertia of gear and pinion are obtained by regarding each as a circular disc having a radius equal to the pitch radius. It Is important to Include the inertia of any shafting moving Integrally with gear or pinion. Pinion shafts' may or may not contribute significant inertia, whereas gear shafts are often of sufficient size that their inertia Is not negligible. Substituting eq. (24) into eq. (23) and differentiating with respect to the reduction ratio, R, in order to maximize output acceleration, aL, we find R = ROPT, where
In this case, therefore, the optimum reduction ratio can be readily determined.
Figure 20 Single-Mesh Gear Train Reprinted with the permission of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; see Ref. 1 5.3 The Two-Mesh Gear Train (Figure 21) In this case we have two pinions (Inertia lP1,lP2) two gears (inertias lG1, lG2) and two reduction ratios (r1, r2), as well as the motor (torque Tm, inertia lm) and load (inertia lL). Let the overall reduction ratio be R: R = r1r2 (27). The algebra in this case Is considerably longer than in the single-mesh case, but in the particular case in which the overall reduction ratio, A, Is specified, all pinions have the same Inertia (lP1 = lP2 = lP) and constant k (eq. (25)) is the same for both meshes, the optimum first-stage reduction ratio, r1, is obtainable from the following cubic equation in r12:
When the pinion inertias are not equal and the overall reduction ratio is not specified, the equations become complicated and the method described in the next paragraph for the general case is recommended. T87
Figure 21 Two-Mesh Gear Train Reprinted with the permission of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; see Ref. 1 5.4 The General Case (n-Mesh Train) In this case an explicit algebraic equation for the optimum reduction ratios is not available, but the following recursion equation can be used:
where ri = reduction ratio of ith mesh ri+1 = reduction ratio of (i + 1)st mesh lpi = inertia of jth pinion (pinion of ith mesh) lP(i+1) = inertia of (i + 1)st pinion (pinion of (i + 1)st mesh) Ki = value of constant, k (eq. (25)) for ith mesh Ki+1 = value of constant, k (eq. (25)) for (i + 1)st mesh n = number of meshes in gear train. The overall reduction ratio, R, is given by: R = r1 r2 r3.............. rn (30)
The method of solution is now as follows. A trial value is assumed for the first-stage reduction ratio, r1. Recursion equation (29) is then used to calculate all the succeeding reduction ratios. These ratios are then substituted into eq. (30) to find the overall reduction ratio, A. If this value is prescribed, the chances are that the value of A obtained from the initial trial value of r1 will not match the prescribed value of R. In that case r1 can be incremented in steps until the desired R-value has been obtained. Such a one-parameter scanning procedure is an effective search procedure which can readily be computerized. T88
5.5 Tradeoff Between Design For Minimum Backlash And Minimum Inertia For minimum inertia it will be found that the first-stage reduction, r1, is fairly mild, averaging typically between 1.5 and 2.5. For minimum backlash, however, it is desirable to maximize the first-stage reduction ratio. It can be shown that if the first-stage reduction, r1, is specified by backlash considerations, while the remaining reduction ratios are chosen so as to minimize gear train inertia, equation (29) remains applicable, the only change being that i ranges from 2 to n, rather than from 1 to n. 5.6 Inertia Ratio The angular acceleration, aL, of the load, corresponding to a given motor torque, Tm, is given by: aL = Tm (31) Rltm where ltm denotes the equivalent system inertia seen at the motor shaft:
Hence, maximizing load acceleration is equivalent to minimizing the equivalent system inertia. Motor and load inertia can be assumed to be given, so that the optimization applies to all the terms in eq. (32) other than lm and lL Hence, it is reasonable to define an inertia ratio, Rj, as the ratio of the equivalent system inertia excluding motor and load inertia, to the inertia of the motor pinion:
(33) The inertia ratio is a factor of merit for the inertia optimization of the gear train. Clearly it can never be less Than unity. its value signifies that the equivelent system inertia at the motor shaft is the same as that of Rl motor pinions. The lower the value of the inertia ratio, the better the optimization - and conversely. 5.7 Results Of The Optimization Figures 22-26, which are reproduced from the paper by E.G. Burgess (Ref. (ii), par. 5.0) illustrate the results of the optimization for two cases: Case (i): k = 1: all pinions and gears of same material and thickness. Case (ii): k = 2/9: stainless steel pinions meshing with aluminum gears, 2/3 the thickness of the mating pinions. Figure 22 shows the ratio of the (i + 1)st mesh as a function of the ratio of the lth mesh, the former plotted on logarithmic vertical scale. It is evident that the reduction ratio, ri+1, increased from unity to 14 as ri increased from approximately 1.5 to 4.5. The curves for k = 1 and k = 2/9 show the same general characteristics. One conclusion which follows from the figures is that equal mesh reduction ratios are not optimal. Figures 23 and 24 show the drive motor mesh ratio, r1, as a function of the overall reduction ratio, A, the latter shown on a logarithmic scale. Here we can observe a marked difference between one and two meshes; a significant difference between two and three meshes; and T89
smaller and smaller differences as the mesh number increases. This shows the dominant influence of the first few meshes on the Inertia ratio. As the number of meshes increases it is seen the rate of increase of the motor mesh ratio becomes quite small-with four meshes the motor mesh ratio remains less than two. This is markedly in contrast to what one might have concluded from the fact that reflected inertia decreases as the square of the reduction ratio. The mildness of the optimum motor-mesh ratio takes into account not only the reduction ratio, but also the size of the gears and pin ions of the train. Figures 25 and 26 are probably the most significant. These show the inertia ratio, Rl, as a function of the overall reduction ratio, R, of the optimized gear train. These figures demonstrate the effectiveness of the optimization. The single-mesh case corresponds to the case of no optimization. At a reduction ratio of approximately six, the inertia ratio for k = 1 has reached the highest value (35) on the ordinate scale of the figure. If this curve were extended to a reduction ratio of 100, the inertia ratio would be huge. By way of contrast the two-mesh train reaches an inertia ratio of 35 only when A 80. And a four-mesh train reaches an inertia ratio of only about seven when k = 1. Analogous conclusions follow when k = 2/9. It can be shown (see Burgess) that provided the first-stage reduction is not less than 1.5 and the parameter k is the same for all meshes that the limiting value of the Inertia ratio for even an infinite number of meshes remains finite and approaches the value 2kr12. Hence, the optimization is extremely effective. In all five figures, we can detect a "law of diminishing returns": as the number of meshes increases the optimization continues to improve, but the most rapid rate of improvement occurs in the first few meshes.
Figure 22 Relation Between Successive Mesh Ratios In Minimum Inertia Train Reprinted with the permission of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; see Ref. I T90
Of course any system optimization is a tradeoff amongst many criteria. These include not only the inertia ratio, but also backlash, number of moving parts, cost and other considerations. The results do show, however, that the optimization for inertia ratio is both effective and practical.
Figure 23 Motor Mesh Ratio For K = 1 Reprinted with the permission 01 The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; see Ref. 1
Figure 24 Motor Mesh Ratio For K = 2/9 Reprinted with the permission of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; see Ref. 1 T91
In Ref. (i) of paragraph 5.0 the minimization of gear train inertia in instrument drives is discussed in an essentially similar manner. Analytical results are given for single-stage and two-stage gear and belt drives and the effectiveness of the results illustrated numerically.
Figure 25 Selection of Number of Gear Meshes for Minimum Inertia Train; K = 1 Reprinted with the permission of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; see Ref. 1
Figure 26 Selection of Number of Gear Meshes for Minimum Inertia Train; K = 219 Reprinted with the permission of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; see Ref. 1 T92
5.8 Power Gear Trains The minimization of power gear trains is described in references (iii, iv, v) of section 5.0. The principle of the optimization remains the same, but the assumptions regarding pinion proportions are based on load/wear and other considerations suitable for power gear trains. Recursion formulas relating the optimum values of the reduction ratios for the ith and (i + 1)st meshes are again derived and the resulting optimization found to be effective in limiting the magnitude of the inertia ratio of the gear train. 6.0 GEAR TRAIN BACKLASH COMPUTATION The permissible AGMA backlash tolerances for fine-pitch gearing have been given in Table 1.9 in the Section on GEARS. These values of deliberate reduction of tooth thickness provided during manufacture of the gears range from Backlash Designation A to E (the latter does not permit any reduction in tooth thickness). Backlash calculations for a single mesh were discussed in paragraph 4.10 of the Section on GEARS. In particular eq. (24) showed the following relationship between angular backlash, aB, the equivalent linear backlash, Bi, measured along the pitch circle, and the pitch radius (Ri) of the gear as follows: aB(minutes) = 3440 Bi R (34) The accumulated angular backlash or lost motion of an entire gear train can then be obtained by summing the individual angular backlashes multiplied by the gear ratio, νi, from the output (for example) to the mesh involved. This can be expressed as follows:
where aBm-3, for example, is the angular backlash for mesh (m - 3) and (m - 1) is the reference shaft. This is usually a specific shaft, such as the slowest shaft - often this is also the output shaft. The angular backlash can be obtained by dividing the linear backlash by the pitch radius of the gear involved. This leads to the following equation used by Paul Dean, Jr. of Mechanical Technology lnc.*
where Ri denotes the pitch radius of the jth gear and backlash is given in minutes. A three-stage gear train Is shown in Figure 27. Starting at the motor end, there is an 8:1 reduction in the first stage, a 4:1 reduction in the second stage and a 6:1 reduction in the third stage. Assume also that maximum backlash values are as given in the following table:
*This equation and the example which follows is reproduced by permission of McGraw Hill Book Co. Inc. from "Lost Motion in Gear Trains" p. 236, "Gear Design and Application", New York, NY 1967. T93
Gear Number 1 3 5
Pitch Diameter 3.00 1.25 1.25
Backlash of Mesh (Bi) 0.0015 0.0030 0.0030
Gear Ratio 6:1 4:1 8:1
Relative Shaft Speed 1.0 6.0 24.0
Bi Riγi 0.0010 0.0008 0.0002
Then according to eq. (36) the backlash in the gear train at shaft #1 is given by:
Reprinted with the permission of McGraw Hill; see Ref. 2 7.0 TRANSMISSION ERROR IN GEAR TRAINS 7.1 Introduction The fundamentals of transmission error for a single gear mesh has been described in paragraphs 10.3 and 11.2-11.5 in the section on GEARS. Essentially the transmission error is the position error or "out-of-position" of a gear due to a variety of causes. These include profile errors, spacing errors, pitch-line runout, radial out-of position and others. In the following we consider transmission and backlash determination for an entire gear train. Representing a gear train by a three-dimensional pictorial sketch is tedious and costly. More often trains are pictured in a two-dimensional stretch-out schematic, illustrated In Figure 28. This will be the gear train which we shall analyze for transmission error and backlash. T94
Figure 28 Schematic Representation of a Gear Train 7.2 Gear Train Transmission Error Computation In a parallel procedure to that for determining backlash the total transmission error for a train is calculated by determining the angular transmission error for each mesh per equation 50 given In the Section on GEARS. Then all meshes are summed, taking into account the gear ratio of each stage. Thus:
where νi is as previously defined. 7.3 Integrated Position Error For A Train Calculation of this criterion follows from an extension of equation 51 given in the section on GEARS. Gear train values of Bc and BT are substituted into the equation to yield a peak value of IPE. 7.4 Statistics And Probabilistic Design The procedures mentioned previously yield specific magnitudes of backlash and transmission error for particular values of error sources. However, they neglect cancellation effects of the sources and errors that depend upon mesh position and phasing. Thus, the procedures are satisfactory for calculating worst-case or maximum error values such as when all contributing sources are at their extreme-tolerance values. Worst-case figures are of limited use since they represent improbable magnitudes and combinations of error sources. Much more useful to designers are figures representing the expected distribution of the gear train's backlash, transmission error, and IPE. By utilizing known statistical procedures and data it Is possible to derive reliable probabilistic statistical error values. These are very useful in optimizing a design for functional performance, tolerances, and cost. Unfortunately, the subject is beyond the scope of this presentation. It Is recommended the reader refer to Chapter 5 of Reference 5 given In the section on GEARS, which presents a detailed coverage of the theory of probabilistic statistical design and analysis along with application to gear trains. T95
7.5 Example Of Backlash And Transmission-Error Calculation To illustrate error analysis the following numerical example is presented. This is based upon the gear train schematic shown in Figure 28 and pertinent design data given in Table 1. The layout of the gear train, showing orientation of the line-of-centers (θ) is given in Figure 29. The two meshes connecting the sensor to the load shaft have spring-loaded gears to eliminate all backlash (see also paragraph on "Methods and Devices for Controlling Backlash"). It is required to calculate: a) the maximum backlash between the motor and load shafts, measured at S-1; b) the maximum transmission error between the load shaft and the sensor shaft S-8, measured at the load shaft S-1; and, c) the maximum integrated position error for part b. Assume all gears are 20º pressure angle. a) Maximum backlash calculation (S1 to S6) TABLE 1 DESIGN DETAILS OF PERTINENT PARAMETERS FOR THE GEAR TRAIN OF FIGURE 28
This is determined in accordance with equation 48 of Par. 11.1, section on GEARS, taking into account all of the applicable backlash sources for each mesh. T96
In regard to center distance variation, since it is specified by X-Y coordinates the orientation angle, θ, is significant. Center distance variation is related to the coordinate tolerance and angle θ by the expression:1 te = t (sin θ + cos θ) where: t = coordinate tolerance (± value) te = effective center distance tolerance-(± value) By this equation a maximum center distance opening can be determined for each mesh. In addition, any center distance allowance must be applied. Summing all the backlash sources for each mesh, the results are: Mesh 1: (max) ∆ C = (center distance allowance) + (center distance tolerance) + (test radius allowance) + (test radius tolerance) + (TCE) + (bearing outer race runout) + (bearing inner race runout) + (bearing radial play) + (gear to shaft clearance) + (bearing to housing clearance) + (shaft runout) Substituting values from Table 1,
_______________ 1Derivations of this equation and cases of unequal coordinate tolerances are given on page 88 of Reference 5 in the Section on GEARS. T97
In the above equation, many of the terms are doubled because the backlash source is applicable to both gears or shafts of the mesh. A number of the backlash sources are halved because the values stipulated in Table 1 are TlR (total indicator runout) values, and it is only one half the runout that causes a maximum backlash. The derived maximum increase in center distance Is converted to a linear backlash by equation 22 of par. 4.10 In section on GEARS, and to an angle value by equation 24 of Par. 4.10 in section on GEARS. Thus, for Mesh 1, Bm-1 = (.00635) 2 tan 20º = (.00635) 2 (.364) = .0046 inches and the angular backlash is, aBm-1 = 3440 - B = 3440 (.0046) = 21.6 arc minutes R .750 In a similar manner, meshes 2 thru 5 are calculated, and the summary of the results is: Mesh Mesh Mesh Mesh Mesh 1 2 3 4 5 max ∆ C .00635 .00967 .00970 .00982 .00101 B .0046 .00704 .00706 .00715 .00736 aB 21.6 38.7 38.9 52.4 58.4 Angular Measure at Shaft No. S-1 S-2 S-3 S-4 S-5
The total backlash measured at shaft S-1 is given by equation 35 as: (maximum)aBtrain = 21.6 + 38.7 + 38.9 + 52.4 + 58.4 3 9 36 180 = 21.6 + 12.9 + 4.32 + 1.46 + .324 = 40.6 arc minutes The effect of gear ratio reducing backlash error is clearly seen in this example. The first mesh contributes 53% of the backlash and successive meshes contribute progressively less. The 4th and 5th meshes contribute such a small portion that they can be neglected without seriously affecting the answer. If the backlash at the motor is of interest it will be the same backlash figure multiplied by the gear train ratio between S-1 and S-6: aBtrain = 40.6 x 1440 = 974 degrees (at shaft S-6) 60 b) Transmission error calculation (S-1 to S-8) Only meshes M-6 and M.7 enter into calculation of the error. The sources of transmission error are ICE of the gears, runouts of the bearings and shafts, and effective runout of the shafts due to looseness between the gear bores and the mounting diameter of the shaft. The error sources are summed for each mesh and converted to angular values per equation 50 of Par. 11.2 in the section on GEARS as follows: T98
Mesh 6 (max) ET = ± 1/2[(TCE) + (bearing inner race runout) + (gear bore to shaft clearance) + (shaft runout)] In substituting values for the above, the last two error sources do not apply to the pinion shafts since they are Integral. Therefore: (max) ET = ± 1/2 [2(.0005) + 2(.0002) + (.0005) + (.0002)] = ± .00105 (max) aET = ET 3440 = ± .00105 3440 = ± 6.42 arc minutes R 1.125/2 Mesh 7 This mesh is the same design as Mesh 6 and therefore the same linear ET results. Only the angular transmission errors differ due to different pitch diameter gears on shafts S-7 and S-8. Thus, (max) aET = ± .00105 3440 = ± 5.14 arc minutes 1.406/2 Total transmission error from the sensor to the load shaft is calculated per equation 37 as:
= ± 8.13 arc minutes; measured at S-1 C) Integrated Position Error (S-1 to S-8) This is a combination of the transmission error and backlash for meshes M-6 and M-7, per equation 51. Since mesh M-6 is spring-loaded to eliminate all backlash, only the backlash of mesh 7 need be integrated. However, just the constant backlash sources are to be considered. Thus, for mesh 7 ∆ C = (center distance allowance) + (center distance tolerance) + (test radius allowance) + (test radius tolerance) + (bearing outer race runout) (bearing radial play) + (bearing to housing clearance) Substituting values from Table 1 ∆ C = .0002 + 2 (.0005) + 2 (.0005) + 2 (.0012) + 2(.0002 + .0005)/2 + 2(.0002 + .0003)/2 = .0058 inch T99
Converting this radial opening of the gear centers to a linear backlash measure by equation 22 B = (.0058) 2 tan 20º = (.0058)(.728) .0042 inch and the angular backlash is Bc = .0042 3440 = 20.5 arc minutes 1.406/2 From equation 51 the integrated position error from the load shaft S-1 to the sensor S-8 measured at S-1 is:
Substituting the above Bc value, modified by the gear ratio to S-1, and the transmission error found in par. (b) E1 = ± 8.13 + 1 20.5 = ± 11.5 arc minutes measured at S-1 2 3 The above values are maxima and represent the worst possible results necessitating all error sources to be at their extreme tolerance values. In practice the realistic distribution of parameter tolerances will result in a distribution of backlash, transmission error, and IPE that ranges far below the desired maximum values. This is typified by Figure 30. Usually mean values will be but a fraction of the maximums. Details of how to derive statistical distributions of gear train backlash, transmission error, and IPE are given in Reference 5 in the section on GEARS.
Figure 30 Statistical Distribution of Gear Train Backlash, Transmission Error or Integrated Position Error __________ *Given in section on GEARS T100
B. CONFIGURATIONS AND DESIGNS 8.0 INTRODUCTION 8.1 General Description of This Section We manufacture and design gears as well as complete speed-reduction systems. We assume that not all readers will be interested in selecting an available ready-to-use speed reducer. Some may wish to design their own special gear train or speed reducer and use components available from stock. For this reason we shall not limit ourselves to the discussion of available speed reducers. We shall also describe designs and configurations which can be custom designed by the use of generally available standard parts. Gears may be arranged in a variety of ways to produce desired speed changes. Because motors are most efficient at high speeds, they are usually geared down for driving servos and other slower-speed devices. The packaged gear drive, Figure 31, saves the user the trouble of designing and building his own speed reducer, or speed increaser, as the case may be. Because the user may have specific space, speed-ratio and shaft-orientation requirements, speed reducers are made in a range of gear types, shaft orientations, reduction ratios and overall sizes. Speed reducers are available with single or dual output shafts, in line (Figure 31) or at right angles (Figure 32).
A special type of speed reducer, known as a gearhead, usually has a cylindrical housing (Figure 33). The gear train within the housing is arranged so as to provide in-line input and output shafts. Gearheads can be attached or coupled to most types of servo motors, but they
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are not usually recommended as speed increasers, because the torque needed to turn the gears from the output shaft is too high for most servo motors or mechanisms. The reason for this is given In paragraph 5 dealing with inertia (see Basic Concepts).
Figure 33 Gearhead in a Cylindrical Housing Suitable for Direct Assembly to a Motor 8.2 Precision Gearheads and Speed Reducers Precision type modular gearheads are designed for use in high-accuracy computers, servo systems and similar precision devices. All gears are precision cut. The output gear and all stage pinions are made of hardened 416 stainless steel. All stage gears are made of aluminum bronze, due to its excellent wear-in properties. Ball bearings are made of stainless steel. Housings are black-anodized aluminum alloy and are precision bored for exacting center distances. The postless one-piece rigid construction eliminates the possibility of misaligned plates and cancels the need for cumbersome internal hardware. The cantilever design combined with wide bearing spans results in extremely low backlash. These units meet all requirements of MlL-E-5272. The gearhead is attached easily and securely to the BuOrd frame size servo motor without modifications of the input pinion and without complicated adapters, screw threads, etc. by the versatile mounting clamp supplied (see Figure 33). This method simplifies the replacement of damaged motors and interchangeability among similar units. Mounting dimensions are directly Identical to BuOrd OP 1755 motor dimensions. The basic gearhead design is adapted to the double-ended speed reducers. The transition is accomplished by removing the motor and inserting the speed reducer input assembly using the same clamp to hold it securely and accurately in position. Either input or output end can be mounted in position since dimensions on both ends are Identical. The single-end speed reducer (Figure 33a) is a compact reduction system whose Input and output shafts are coaxially extended from the mounting end, enabling the design engineer to insert a large reduction at any location In the gear train with minimum space and backlash requirements. T102
Figure 33a (Single-end) Speed Reducer For further information on our zero-backlash gearheads and speed reducers, the reader is referred to paragraph 12.2(g). 9.0 BASIC CLASSIFICATION OF SPEED REDUCERS 9.1 General Speed reducers and gear trains can be classified according to gear type as well as relative position of Input and output shafts. Of course there are also hybrid types (which use more than one kind of gear) and unusual configurations. 9.2 Shaft Configurations Speed-reducer configurations available from stock come in a variety of shaft arrangements. These are summarized in Figure 34. T103
9.3 Gear Types Figure 34 Speed Reducer Configurations Figure 35 lists different types of gears used in speed reducers. Such gears are manufactured and marketed by us and are available as standard catalog items. Together with the variety of shaft arrangements shown in Figure 34, this permits the user to assemble gear trains tailored to a wide range of application requirements.
Figure 35 Gear Types Used in Speed Reducers Table 2 presents an overview of the respective advantages and applications of different gear types.
TABLE 2 SUMMARY AND EVALUATION OF GEAR TYPES Type Spur Precision Rating excellent Features Parallel shafting High speeds and loads Highest efficiency Parallel shafting Very high speeds and loads Efficiency slightly less than spur mesh Skewed shafting Point contact High sliding Low speeds Light loads Parallel shafts High speeds High loads Comments Regarding Precision Applicable to all types of Simplest tooth elements offering maximum precision. First choice. trains and a wide range of recommended for all gear meshes, except where very high speeds velocity ratios. and loads or special features of other types, such as right-angle drive, cannot be avoided. Most applicable to high Equivalent quality to spurs except for complication of helix angle. speeds and loads; also Recommended for all high-speed and high-load meshes. Axial used wherever spurs are thrust component must be accommodated. used. Relatively low velocity To be avoided for precision meshes. Point contact limits capacity ratio; low speeds and sod precision. Suitable for right-angle drives if light load. A less light loads only, expensive substitute for bevel gears. Good lubrication essential Any angle skew shafts. because of point contact and high sliding action. Applications Internal drives requiring Not recommended for precision meshes because of design, high speeds and high fabrication, and Inspection limitations. Should only be used when loads; offers low sliding internal feature is necessary. and high stress loading; good for high capacity, long life. Used in planetary gears to produce large reduction ratios. Suitable for 1:1 and Good choice for right-angle drive, particularly low ratios, However, higher velocity ratios and complicated tooth form and for right-angle meshes fabrication limits achievement of precision. Should be located at (and other angles) one of the less critical meshes of the train. High velocity ratio Worm can be made to high precision, but worm Angular meshes gear has inherent limitations. To be considered High loads for average precision meshes, but can be of high precision with care. Best choice for combination high velocity ratio and right-angle drive. High sliding requires excellent lubrication. Special cases To be avoided as precision meshes. Significant nonconjugate action with departure from nominal center distance and shaft angles. Fabrication requires special equipment and inspection is limited.
fair to good
intersecting shafts High speeds High loads Right-angle skew shafts High velocity ratio High speeds and loads Low efficiency Most designs nonreversible Intersecting and Skew shafts Modest speeds and loads
fair to good
Specials poor to fair (face, Spiroid. Helicon, Beveloid)
9.4 Speed Reducer Selection and Design The selection and/or design of a speed reducer involves two basic decisions: the choice of the relative orientation of input and output shafts and the nature of the gearing which is to achieve the desired speed change and transmit the desired torque with maximum efficiency. We now discuss the characteristics of speed reducers in greater detail. 10.0 PARALLEL-SHAFT ARRANGEMENTS 10.1 General Kinematic Characteristics (See also Part A: Basic Concepts) 10.1.1 Simple Gear Trains The most common element of a gear train is the gear pair connecting parallel shafts (Figures 1, 2, Par. 1.2, Part A: Basic Concepts). The teeth for this type of arrangement can be spur, helical or herringbone. The angular velocity ratio, Z21, is simply the inverse of the tooth ratio: Z21 = ω2 = ± N1 (38) ω1 N2 where ω1 is the angular velocity of gear i, which has Ni teeth (i = 1,2). The minus sign applies for external gearing (gear and pinion rotate in opposite directions), while the plus sign applies for internal gearing (gear and pinion rotate In same direction). Adding one or more idler gears between input and output shafts (Figure 5, Par. 1.3, Part A: Basic Concepts) does not affect the final velocity ratio. For a simple gear train the angular velocity ratio is numerically equal to the inverse of the ratio of the number of teeth of the gears on the input and output shafts. Idler gears are used to extend the distance between input and output shafts and/or to change their relative direction of rotation. The main limitation of a simple gear train is that its maximum speed-change ratio (velocity ratio) is about 10:1, even when helical gears are used In place of spur gears. For larger velocity ratios, the size of the last gear in the train, and hence the overall size of the train, becomes too large. This is undesirable, not only from the point of view of space limitation, but also from the realization that strength and wear capacities between the end gears become unbalanced, resulting in an inefficient use of material. 10.1.2 Compound Gear Trains In order to obtain larger velocity ratios economically it is often advantageous to use compound arrangements (Figure 36). The double reduction shown in Figure 36a is simply two single-reduction trains In series, with two of the gears keyed to a single shaft. The velocity ratio, Z14, is given by:
For a triple-reduction train, the angular velocity ratio, Z16, is given by:
and so fourth. By choosing equal center distances for gears and pinions, a double-reduction train can be arranged to have its Input and output shafts in line (Figure 36b). T106
Figure 36 Gear Trains 10.2 Efficiency of Gears Connecting Parallel Shafts As described in Par. 4.2 of Part A: Basic Concepts, the efficiency of a gear train can be determined from the power loss in each gear mesh. For preliminary design purposes the frictional losses in each mesh were estimated at a fixed percentage of the potential power transmitted through the mesh. A more refined estimate of this percentage, than given in Section 4.2, will now be described. It should be kept in mind, however, that the power loss in gearing is due to several sources: windage, churning and tooth friction. The following concerns only tooth friction, which is generally the most important in the preliminary design stage. The power loss due to tooth friction results from the sliding velocity between contacting gear teeth and the forces transmitted by tooth contact. As described by E.E. Shipley**, the efficiency in spur and helical gear pairs can be estimated from the following equations: E = 100 - P (41)
________________ **(i) "Efficiency of Gears", Gear Handbook, D.W. Dudley, Editor, McGraw-Hill, New York, N.Y., 1962, Chapter 14. (ii) "Efficiency of Gear Trains", "Gear Design and Application", N. Chironis, Editor, McGraw-Hill, New York, N.Y., 1967, pp. 244-245. T107
The notation is as follows: E = percentage efficiency of gear mesh f = coefficient of friction (average) Z = magnitude of gear ratio, greater than one P = power loss of gear mesh, percent of input power Rp, rp = pitch radii of gear and pinion, respectively Ro, ro = outside radii of gear and pinion, respectively θ = pressure angle The terms F and Z are explained in the following table. TABLE 3 DEFINITION OF TERMS F AND Z Type of Gear External spur Internal spur Single helical F cos θ cos θ cos φn/cos²ψ, where tanφ = tanθ cosψ, andψ = helix angle Sign of Z-term in eqs. (43,44) Plus Minus Plus
For gears in which the addendum is the reciprocal of the diametral pitch, HS and Ht can be simplified as follows:
where NG, NP denote number of teeth of gear and pinion, respectively. 10.3 Numerical Example Consider the power loss in a pair of gears connecting parallel shafts with a gear ratio of 8:1. The gears are 24 diametral pitch, 14½º pressure angle and unlubricated. The pinion pitch diameter is 1 inch and a coefficient of friction of 0.1 can be assumed. Determine the numerical value of the power loss in the following three cases: (a) The gears are externally meshing spur gears (b) The gears are internally meshing spur gears (C) The gears are helical gears with a helix angle of 15º. Case (a): External spur gears Gear pitch diameter = 8.000" Pinion pitch diameter = 1.000" T108
Hence, RP = 4.000" rp = 0.500" Ro = RP + 1/Pd , where Pd = diametral pitch = 24 = 4.0417" ro = rP + 1/Pd= 0.5417" In addition, NG = (8)(24) = 192 NP = (1)(24) = 24 Z = 8,f = 0.1 and F = cosφ = cos14½º. Substituting these values into eqs. (43,44) or (45,46), we find: HS = 0.349 and Ht = 0.265. This gives P = 1.617 and E = 98.38. Hence 1.62% of input power is lost In the mesh. Case (b): Internal spur gears In this case the only change Is the sign of the Z-terms (Table 3). The terms HS and Ht are reduced by the factor (Z - 1)/(Z + 1), so that the power loss is 7/9 or 78% of the loss for the external mesh, i.e. P = (7/9)(1.617) = 1.258, giving E = 98.74%. The power loss in this case is about 1¼% of input power. The result confirms the well known fact that the sliding velocities in internal gears are less than in external gears and hence, that the efficiency of internal gears Is greater. On the other hand, the generation of internal gear teeth is more expensive. Case (C): Helical gears In this caseψ = 15º. From Table 3, tanφn = tan 14½º cos15º and φn= 14.026º. This gives F(seeTable3) = cosφn/cos²ψ = 1.0398. Hence the calculation follows Case (a), except that the power loss, P, is reduced by the ratio of the F functions for the two cases, i.e. by the ratio (O.9682/1.0398) or 0.9311. This gives P = (1.617)(0.9311) = 1.506 so that E = 100 - P = 98.49% This corresponds to a power loss of about 1½% of input power. The helical gears thus tend to be a little more efficient than the corresponding spur gears. Helical gears are also more quiet and these factors can be significant In the selection of gear type. T109
Tables and charts for estimating the coefficients of friction of the various gear types can be found in Chapter 14, by E.E. Shipley, in the Gear Handbook cited in Par. 10.2 The power loss in an entire gear train can be obtained from the power loss in each mesh as described in the next paragraph. 10.4 Efficiency of Gear Trains The overall efficiency, Et, of a simple gear train or a compound gear train without power dividing branches is simply the product of the efficiencies (Ei, i = 1, 2, . . .) of the individual gear meshes: Et = E1 E2 E3. . . . . . . . . (47) Thus, if the efficiency of a typical 6:1 gear mesh is 0.96, and it is desired to use a four-stage compound gear train (without power branching) to obtain a speed reduction of (6) (6) (6) (6) = 1296:1, the overall efficiency of the gear train is (0.96)4 = 0.85. The power loss, therefore, will be 0.15 or 15%. if, as in Figure 18 (Section 3.3, Part A: Basic Concepts), a compound train with power branching is involved, each branch can be treated separately. For planetary gear trains the procedure outlined in Par. 4.3 (Part A: Basic Concepts) can be used. The power loss in each mesh can be taken as a fixed percentage of the potential power transmitted through the mesh. In Par. 4.3 the same percentage was used for each mesh. A more accurate estimate can be obtained by using the efficiency equations given in the preceding paragraph to determine the efficiency of each mesh. In a planetary gear mesh, the gear ratio, Z, for eqs. (43,44), should be computed from the equation:
In eq. (48), ω1, ω2 denote the angular velocities of the gears and ω3 of the arm. As described in Par. 4.3 (Part A: Basic Concepts), the percentage loss is converted to an actual power loss by multiplying by the potential power, rather than the actual power. Multiple-reduction gear trains are frequently limited as to the number of reductions that may be used effectively, because of the gear-mesh losses. In planetary trains both the number of meshes and the nature of the gear arrangement of the train influences efficiency. The efficiency is therefore an important parameter in the design and selection of a speed reducer and/or gear train. 11.0 CENTER-DISTANCE AND SPEED-RATIO ADJUSTMENTS USING PARALLEL HELICAL GEARS 11.1 Introduction Helical gears can be used: (1) To compensate for center-distance errors (for example when two shafts are erroneously machined too far apart), without changing the speed ratio between the input and output shafts. (2) To change the speed ratio between the input and output shafts without changing the center-to-center distance between shafts
______________ * "When helical gears get you out of tight spots", by S. Rappaport, "Gear Design and
Application", N. Chironis, Editor, McGraw-Hill, New York, N.Y. 1967, pp. 79-82. Permission by McGraw-Hill to reprint portions of this article is hereby gratefully acknowledged. T110
In both cases, varying the helix angle Is the key to the solution, according to a design approach developed by S. Rappaport*. The pitch diameter of a helical gear (of given pitch) is not related in a simple linear proportion to the number of teeth, as is the case with spur gears, but is dependent also on the helix angle. Since for a given number teeth and pitch, the pitch diameter determines the resulting gear ratio, an infinite number of workable pitch diameters is possible within a certain range, with a helical gear, Figure 37.
Figure 37 Development of Helical Gears from Spur Gears
Reprinted with the permission of McGraw-Hill, Inc.: See Ref 3.
The pitch diameter, D, of a spur gear, is simply, D= N (49), Pd where N is the number of teeth and Pd the diametral pitch. For a helical gear, the pitch diameter is computed from the equation: D= N (50), Pd Cos ψ where p is the helix angle. From the above equation, it can be seen that the smallest pitch diameter for a given number of teeth and diametral pitch occurs when cos ψ is at its maximum value of 1, i.e. when ψ = 0 (which makes the gear a spur gear). 11.2 Compensating for Center-Distance Variation When two shaft centers are erroneously machined too far apart, the error can be compensated by replacing spur gears with helical gears. The required helix angle, p, is then found from cos ψ = C/Ca (51), where C is the design center distance and Ca the actual center distance. An incorrect center distance can sometimes be compensated for when it is smaller than the theoretical center distance. Suppose two parallel shafts are to be connected by a pair of gears having 60 and 90 teeth, respectively, and a diametral pitch of 24. The pitch diameters of the gears are 60/24 = 2.5 inches and 90124 = 3.75 inches, respectively. The correct center distance is ½(2.5 + 3.75) = 3.125 inches. Suppose, however, that this distance is incorrectly machined to 3.012 inches. Spur gears cannot be used, because the next smaller spur-gear pair of the same ratio will have 56 and 84 teeth, respectively, with a corresponding center distance of 2.917 inches. However, helical gears with 56 and 84 teeth can operate at a center distance of 3.012 inches, provided that their helix angle equals: *See Reference 3. T111
cos ψ = 2.917/3.012 ψ = 14.43 degrees. One of the helical gears will be left-handed and the other right-handed.
11.3 Changing Gear Ratios Helical gears can permit a change in gear ratio between two parallel shafts, while maintaining a constant center distance. This problem sometimes occurs when a product or drive is being redesigned. Assume, for example, that two shafts are connected by a pair of spur gears with diametral pitch 12 and with 30 and 75 teeth, respectively. The correct center distance for the shafts is 4.375 Inches. It is now desired to change the ratio from 1:2.5 to 1:3.25. This necessitates a change in the number of teeth. Dividing (30 + 75) by (1 + 3.25) gives 24.705. Therefore, the pinion is selected to have 24 teeth. The number of teeth for the gear Is (24)(3.25) = 78. But spur gears of 24 and 78 teeth call for a center distance of 4.250 inches, rather than the required 4.375 inches. This problem is solved by using a helical gear set with 24 and 78 teeth, respectively, and with a helix angle, ψ, given by giving cos ψ = C/Ca = 4.250/4.375 ψ = 13.7 degrees.
It should be kept in mind, however, that in contrast to spur gears, helical gears impose both thrust and radial loads on their shaft bearings. The bearings, therefore, need to be designed to support both loads (see Figure 1.30 Section 1: Gears). When large helical angles and/or high loads are involved, herringbone gears or double helicals with opposite hands can be considered in order to minimize thrust loading. For more information on bearing loads the reader is referred to the literature cited at the end of Section 1 (GEARS). 12.0 METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING BACKLASH IN PARALLEL-SHAFT DRIVES 12.1 Introduction In many gear drives backlash needs to be minimized. This may be desirable for providing maximum positional accuracy in high-precision applications, particularly when motion reversal can take place. In addition backlash may be minimized to provide accurate timing and indexing. In power trains, as well as generally, backlash minimization may be needed in order to reduce vibrations and transients during motion reversal, startup, stopping, and speed changing. One way to minimize backlash is by precision manufacture combined with rigidity of parts. Other designs have been reported for minimizing or eliminating backlash by the addition of parts, which provide a spring-loading action for taking up backlash. The following provides a selection of representative anti-backlash designs. T112
12.2 Gear Design for Eliminating or Minimizing Backlash*
Figure 38 Adjustable Center Helps Shift Center Distance of Gear in Relation to Its Mating Gear
Reprinted with the permission of J. Wiley and Sons: See Ref. 4
(a) Adjustable Centers, Figure 38.Backlash can be reduced and controlled by adjusting the center distance to provide an acceptable level of backlash. The feasibility of this method depends on the assembly design. Adjustable centers are most advantageous when only the last mesh of a train is to be adjusted, which often occurs in a reduction train since this mesh has the greatest effect on total backlash. Obviously, adjusting centers for a series of meshes is cumbersome because of the interrelation of shafts. Although adjustable centers require more parts and increase assembly cost, they allow more liberal tolerances on gear center locations and gear size, which offsets the additional parts and increased assembly cost. Adjustable centers are particularly useful for nonspur meshes, such as worms and crossed-helical gears, for which other techniques are not usable. However, there are several distinct disadvantages to adjustable centers. They require a skilled assembler, for adjustments are in the order of 0.0005 to 0.001 in. Thus, there is a high reliance on the mechanic, who can either make or break the method. Furthermore, adjustable centers are subject to developing maladjustments, and in the field there is no assurance that the quality of readjustment will be comparable to that originally made. _______________ *For paragraphs 12.2 a, b, c, permission by J. Wiley and Sons to reproduce portions of pp. 252-254, 262 of G.W. Michalec's "Precision Gearing: Theory and Practice," J. Wiley and Sons, New York, N.Y., 1966, is hereby gratefully acknowledged; for paragraphs 12.2 d, e, f, permission by McGraw-Hill to reproduce portions of F.T. Gutmann's "18 ways to control backlash in gearing," pp. 237-242, "Gear Design and Application," N. Chironis, Editor, McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, N.Y., 1967, Is hereby gratefully acknowledged. T113
Figure 39 Spring-Loaded Split Gear
(a) has one gear half fixed to Its shaft, other half free to rotate. Variations of technique In (b) uses different type of spring. Reprinted with the permission of J. Wiley and Sons: See Ref. 4
(b) Spring-Loaded Scissor Gears, Figure 39, is a very widely used technique for eliminating all backlash, continuously and throughout the life of the device. The essential elements are two gear halves, that gives the appearance of a split gear. The two gear halves are forced to shift, relative to one another, by a spring force until the mating tooth space is entirely filled. This accounts for the word scissor in the name. Although the most common form is the type shown in Figure 39a, there are variations centering around the design of the loading spring and the size of the gear. Small diameter gears necessitate use of a compact C-type torsion spring that Is designed around the gear shaft, 39b. Spring-loaded gears offer the features of simplicity, standardization, interchangeability, and reliability. In particular, they are the only type of backlash control that eliminates all backlash, both fixed and variable with rotation. Also, the spring loading continually adjusts the take-up such that there is automatic compensation for wear or thermal dimensional changes. A particular advantage of spring-loaded gears is their availability as a stock item. Many standard spur gears are also offered in a split spring-loaded version. and with the same wide selection of quality classes and materials. Thus, designs based upon standard stock gears can be readily changed to a spring-load anti-backlash design by substituting equivalent spring-loaded gears. T114
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Figure 40 Series-Connected Spilt Gears
(C) Series-Connected Split Gears, Figure 40.A variation encountered in applying spring-loaded gears Is that of a simple train Involving more than two gears. If it is desired to eliminate all backlash in an extended simple train, split gears are the answer. One full-face solid gear is used to drive a series of split gears of which only the last is spring-loaded. This one spring-loaded gear loads the entire train and eliminates backlash from all meshes. The split gears in between the solid drive gear and end spring-loaded gears appear like normal spring-loaded gears except they do not have loading springs. A convenient and inexpensive source for such gears is the stock spring-loaded gear with the springs removed.
Figure 41 Split Gear with Tooth-Width Adjustment
Reprinted with the permission of McGraw-Hill, Inc.: See Ref. 5
(d) Adjustable Tooth Width, Figure 41 controls backlash with a split gear that adjusts the effective tooth width. The two halves are rotated with respect to one another, at assembly of the gear train, until there is no appreciable backlash at point of tightest engagement. They are then fixed in their relative positions by screws. As with the adjustable-center method. This method eliminates backlash only at one point of tightest gear mesh and proportionately reduces backlash at the other points. T115
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Figure 42 Floating-Center Gear
(e) Floating-Center Method, Figure 42 One gear center is stationary; the other, allowed to float or pivot. Spring force holds the gears in intimate contact, thereby completely eliminating backlash. Applications Include gear-rolling inspection fixtures and worm-wheel drives.
Figure 43a,b,c Dual Gear Train Arrangements for Eliminating Backlash (a) Mirror-Image Arrangement, (b) Dual-Motor Drive, (C) Spring-Loaded Dual Drive Reprinted with the permission of McGraw-Hill, Inc: See Ref. 5
(f) Dual Gear Trains, Figure 43 Several dual-train arrangements have been used successfully to eliminate backlash: (i) Mirror-Image Construction, Figure 43a. In this construction two identical gear trains run against each other. There is no backlash at the output gear. The arrangement (left) has eliminated backlash in radar antennas. A motor drives two counter-rotating gears placed on input shafts of two clutches. Each clutch is associated with one of the gear trains, and both trains terminate at the output "bull" gear. If one clutch Is energized, the associated gear train rotates the bull gear, say, clockwise. At the same time, the bull gear drives gear train associated with the second clutch backwards. T116
When the second clutch is engaged, the reverse happens. In this manner, both gear trains are always loaded toward the bull gear: the active gear train by the clutch, and the driven one by friction In the gears and bearings, which is reflected at the bull gear as a fairly high torque. Springs or other loading devices are not needed in this setup, but added torque from the input motor is called for to overcome friction in the inactive but rotating gear train. Also,high tooth loads result at the pinions meshing with bull gear. Pinions driving the bull gear should be approximately, but not exactly, 180º apart. This will decrease side thrust on the bull gear, but also put the two gear trains slightly out of phase to make the output motion free of excess toothiness. (ii) Dual-Motor Drive, Figure 43b. This is a variation of mirror-image concept. The two motors are controlled individually, and if one motor drives, say, counterclockwise, the clockwise motor will be de-energized. However, it is necessary to insure that the de-energized motor, when driven through the gear train at high speed, does not act as generator and overload the entire arrangement. Whether to use the two motors and one clutch rather than one motor and two clutches depends on components' cost. (iii) Spring-Loaded Dual Train, Figure 43c. This avoids the need for clutches by using spring-loaded gears. The drawing shows how the arrangement is used in a speed reducer, In this case with the aid of torsion springs.
Figure 44 Precision Zero-Backlash Gear Train (g) Zero Backlash Gearheads and Speed Reducers for Precision Drives, Figure 44. In many electromechanical instruments, it is often necessary to use, as a component part of a system, a gear train which contributes a minimum amount of backlash or lost motion to the system, in order to obtain maximum system accuracy. With this need in mind, a gear train arrangement was designed which completely eliminates backlash and lost motion from the entire train. At the same time, this gear system allows unusually high torque loads at the gear train output without overriding the spring loading of the system. Figure 44 illustrates the application of this zero-backlash system to a gearhead or speed reducer. T117
The standard gear train (A, B1, C1, D1, E) is identical to that which is found In our standard catalog gearheads & speed reducers. Pinion & gear clusters B2 & C2, in the backlash eliminating gear train, are duplicates of pinion & gear clusters B1 & C1, In the standard gear train. The pinion of pinion & gear cluster D2 is identical to the pinion of pinion & gear cluster D1 with the addition of the torsion spring retaining slot In the end of the D2 pinion. As per normal practice, the gear & pinion on the D1 cluster are fastened together via press fitting & staking. The gear on the D2 cluster is a slip fit on the mounting diameter of the D2 pinion and is axially retained on the mounting diameter by the torsion spring. Input pinion E and output gear A are common to both halves of the train. In assembling the gearhead to a servo motor or to the input pinion of a speed reducer, the gear of cluster D1 is restrained from rotation by Inserting a wedge of a soft material (ie: aluminum, nylon, etc.) through the access hole provided in the housing and Into a tooth space. The gear of cluster D2 is then rotated, In a direction which winds the torsion spring the desired number of teeth and restrained from rotating, using a second wedge through the second access hole. Since all speed reducer input pinions and motor pinions have an odd number of teeth, It is easier to install the motor pinion or Input pinion, if the D1 & D2 gears are held by the wedges In a position where a tooth space on-one of the gears is opposite a tooth on the other gear. Once the pinion is meshed with the D1 & D2 gears and the pilot diameter of the motor or speed reducer Input is seated within the gearhead shell, the wedges are released, completing the zero-backlash path. 13.0 RIGHT-ANGLE GEAR SYSTEMS 13.1 Introduction There are two general classifications of right-angle gear systems: q Offset types that have non-intersecting or skew axes (axes do not lie in a common plane). This group includes crossed helical gears, worm gears, hypoid gears and proprietary gears, such as Cone Drive(i), Spiroid(ii) and Helicon(ii) gears. q Coplanar types that have Intersecting axes. This group Includes bevel gears straight bevel, Coniflex bevel(iii), Zerol bevel(iii) - as well as face gears and Beveloid(iv) gears. 13.2 General Kinematic Characteristics The angular velocities Qf the basic right-angle gear meshes are as follows: Bevel gears (Figure 1.46, Par. 9.3, Section 1: GEARS) The angular velocity ratio Z21, is given by the inverse tooth ratio of the gear pair: Z21 = ω2/ω1 = N1/N2 (52) In externally meshing bevel gears the angular velocity vector of one gear is directed towards the point of intersection of the shaft axes and the angular velocity vector of the other gear Is directed away from that point. Crossed helical gears (Par. 5.9.2, Figure 1.30, Section 1: GEARS) _______________ (i) Registered trademark of Cone-Drive Gears Div., Michigan Tool Company. (ii) Registered trademark of Spiroid Division, Illinois Tool Works. (iii) Registered trademark of Gleason Works. (iv) Registered trademark of Vinco Corporation. T118
In this case the angular velocity ratio, Z21, is given by:
where y1,2, D1,2 denote the helix angles and pitch diameters of gears 1 and 2, respectively. Worm Gears (Par. 8.0-8.5 and Figure 1.39, Section 1: GEARS) The angular velocity ratio, Z21, of worm to gear is given by: Z21 = NG / NW (54) where NG denotes the number of teeth of the gear and NW the number of threads of the worm. 13.3 Efficiency of Bevel, Worm and Crossed Helical Gears 13.3.1 EffIciency of Bevel Gears According to E.E. Shipley*, eqs. (41-44) of Section 10.2 remain applicable for bevel gears, provided the function, F, is defined according to Table4,. TABLE 4 DEFINITION OF TERM F Gear Type Straight bevel gears Spiral bevel gear F cos θn cos τ + cos γ cos θn (cos τ + cos γ)cos ψ² Definition of Symbols θn = normal pressure angle τ = pitch-cone angle of bevel gears = (90º - γ) for a right.angle drive; γ = pitch-cone angle of bevel pinion = tan-1NP/NG for a right-angle drive and NP, NG number of teeth of pinion and gear, respectively (See Figure 1.46, Par. 9.4, Section 1:GEARS) ψ = spiral angle
________________ *Chapter 14 ("Loaded Gears in Action"), Gear Handbook, D.W. Dudley, Editor, McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, N.Y., 1962. T119
In applying eqs. (42,43) for HS and Ht the radii are defined as follows: rP = pitch radius of large end of bevel pinion rO = outside radius of large end of bevel pinion RP = pitch radius of large end of bevel gear RO = outside radius of large end of bevel gear. The efficiency of Zerol gears is comparable to that of straight bevel gears. The efficiency of spiral bevel gears is quite high. The relationship of the efficiency of spiral bevel gears to that of straight bevel gears is analogous to that of helical gears to spur gears. 13.3.2 Efficiency of Worm Gears (Right-Angle Drives) The efficiencies given by E.E. Shipley (see Ref. in Par. 13.3.1) and Merritt ("Gears" by H.E. Merritt, Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, London, Third Edition, 1955) are shown In Table 5. For preliminary estimates the approximation cosφn = 1 is frequently adequate. For the exact determination of φn for worm and bevel gears the reader is referred to the references cited at the end of Section 1: GEARS. TABLE 5 EFFICIENCY OF WORM GEARS Driving Member Exact Equation for Efficiency E1 = cosφn - f tan λ cosφn + f tan λ E2 = cosφn - f cot λ cosφn + f tan λ Approximate Equation for Efficiency tan λ tan (λ + η) E2 = tan (λ + η) tan λ E1 = Definition of Symbols φn = normal pressure angle f = coefficient of friction η = friction angle = tan-1 f λ = lead angle of worm = L/πd, where L = lead of worm, d = pitch diameter of worm
According to the approximate equations given In Table 5, the system is self-locking when the worm gear is driving and λ = η. Substituting for A in the approximate efficiency equation when the worm is driving, we have E1 = tan η /tan2 η, which is approximately equal to one half for reasonably small values of angle η. This result leads to the commonly used guideline which states that any worm drive with an efficiency (E1) of less than 50% can be expected to be self-locking. The efficiency of any reversing worm drive, therefore, should be well in excess of 50%. 13.3.3 Efficiency of Crossed Helical Gears We again quote the result of E.E. Shipley (see reference cited in Par. 13.3.1): E = 100 (1 ± f tan ψ1) (1 ± f tan ψd) (55)
where E = efficiency expressed in percent f = coefficient of friction ψd = magnitude of helix angle of driver and ψf= magnitude of helix angle of driven gear. T120
The signs to be used in eq. (55) are determined according to the following table: TABLE 6 SIGNS TO BE USED IN EQ. (55) Sign of Numerator + Sign of Denominator + + Hand of Gear same Opposite Opposite ψd > ψf? Makes no No Yes ψd < ψf? difference Yes No
The efficiency is a maximum when the gears are of the same hand and ψd has a particular value (see Merritt, p.355). In both crossed helical and worm gearing there is far more sliding than in spur or bevel gearing. For this reason the efficiency of worm and crossed helical gears is much lower. This needs to be kept in mind in determining power requirements and designing for adequate heat dissipation and minimum wear. The efficiency of a gear train which includes worm and/or crossed helical meshes can be computed from the efficiencies of the Individual meshes. This calculation can proceed along the same lines as outlined for parallel-shaft gearing in Par. 10.4. 13.4 Crossed-Axis Helical Gears (Figures 45a,b)-see also Par. 5.9 of Section 1: GEARS Crossed-axis helical gears are the simplest form of gearing for transmitting power from one shaft to another when the shafts are non-parallel and non-intersecting. They can be thought of as non-enveloping worm gears (see Ref. 3 at end of Section 1: GEARS).
The action of crossed helical gears consists primarily of a screwing or wedging action. Point contact between mating teeth limits the load-carrying capacity of this type of gearing, but slight changes in shaft angle and center distance do not affect the conjugate action. Mounting is therefore greatly simplified and such gears are used in speed reducers (Figure 45b) to provide right-angle drives and small speed reductions in ratios up to about 4:1. A variety of drive arrangements are shown in Figure 1.30, Par. 59, Section 1: GEARS. T121
14.0 GEAR SIZE AND RATIO ADJUSTMENT USING CROSSED HELICAL GEARS The excellent adaptability of crossed helical gears permit them to overcome many difficulties in speed-reducer design. The calculations related to such modifications are not difficult. 14.1 Adjustment of Gear Size While Maintaining Mesh Ratio Consider, for example, a case in which a pair of crossed helical gears are used in a 1:1 right angle drive, Figure 46a. Each gear is made with N = 60 teeth; diametral pitch, Pd = 10; helix angle, ψ = 45º Their pitch diameters can be computed from eq. (56):
Suppose that because of space problems, there is insufficient clearance between the upper, driven gear and a frame to accommodate the housing of the drive. Thus, it is desired to reduce the pitch diameter of the driven gear from 8.485 in. to under 6.0 in., while the 1:1 speed ratio, the center distance between shafts, and the diametral pitch are to be kept constant. Let us find the helix angle and pitch diameters of the two gears. The basic relationships for crossed helical gears are: d= N (56) Pd cos ψ D= N (57) Pd sin ψ and C = ½ (d+D) (58), where D = pitch diameter of driving gear d = pitch diameter of driven (upper) gear Pd = diametral pitch = 10 C = center distance = 8.485 in. N = number of teeth on either gear ψ = helix angle of driven gear 90º- ψ = helix angle of driver. Combining the above three equations, we have:
Substituting the value for N from eq. (57) into eq. (59) gives: tan ψ = d (60). 2C - d Since d must be less than 6, select d = 5.9. This gives tan ψ = 5.9 = 0.533 (2)(8.485) -5.9 and ψ = 28.056º. From eq. (56), N = (5.9) (10 cos 28.056º) = 52.07 teeth. Since d need not be exactly equal to 5.9 in., N can safely be taken as 52 teeth. Using a helix angle of 28º and substituting in eq. (56), we have: d= 52 = 5.889 in. 10 cos 28º and from eq. (58), the diameter, D, of the driving gear, will be d = 2C - d = (2)(8.485) - 5.889 = 11.081 in. T123
with a helix angle of (90º - ψ) = 90º - 28º = 62º The driving gear, too, will have 52 teeth. Thus, a seeming paradox is achieved by having two meshing helical gears of greatly differing size (Figure 46b) produce a ratio of 1:1. One should not, however, make the driver the smaller gear and the driven gear the larger one, because beyond a certain point the helix angle begins to exceed the friction angle and the gears would tend to lock. 14.2 Adjustment of Gear Ratio While Maintaining Center Distance Crossed helical gears can also be used to change the gear ratio while keeping the shaft positions of the crossed helical gears constant. Assuming, for example, that for a gear drive with the same initial 1:1 ratio (Figure 46a), it is desired to produce the ratios below without changing the center distance: Case l: 1:1.5 Case ll: 1:2.2 Case lll: 1:2.75 Using the analytical method described previously, the gears shown In Figures 46c, d, e will meet those requirements. 15.0 METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING BACKLASH IN RIGHT-ANGLE DRIVES 15.1 Bevel Gear Backlash Eliminator Such a device Is shown in Figure 47a. The drive utilizes a spring-loaded idler pinion to keep the bevel gear assembly tightly In mesh.
Accomplished with the aid of idler bevel pinion in (a) and adjustable spring-loaded worm in (b) Reprinted with the permission of McGraw-Hill, Inc.: See Ret. 5
Figure 47 Controlling Backlash In Bevel and Worm Gears T124
15.2 Hollow-Worm Drive (Figure 47b) This design is based on a hollow worm with clearance for the worm shaft. The shaft drives the worm with the aid of pinned collars and links, while the springs keep the worm tightly In mesh with the worm wheel. The worm is in effect floating and is not restricted by the couplings on both ends 16.0 DIFFERENTIALS (FIGURE 48)
Figure 48 Bevel-Gear Differential 16.1 Description of Differential Differentials represent a unique class of planetary gear trains. They are devices with two degrees of freedom, i.e. for two inputs one resultant output is obtained. This feature makes the differential an essential component in servo systems, computing devices, torque distribution, torque-measuring devices, instruments, etc. The nomenclature used in describing the components of a differential is shown in Figure 48. Many designs exist, the most frequently used being bevel gear differentials, spur gear differentials and internal-gear differentials. The kinematics, force analysis and power-flow In bevel gear differentials has been described in Par. 1.8 and 2.6 in Part A: Basic Concepts. If we designate by θ1 and θ2 the input angles representing the angular displacements of the two end gears and bye θ3 the angular displacement of the spider shaft (usually the output), then the action of the differential can be expressed as: θ3 = ½(θ1 + θ2). (61) This equation states that the angular velocity of the spider shaft is the arithmetic mean of the angular velocities of the two end gears. When the end gears have the same speed the unit rotates together without relative motion. The differential action occurs when the velocities of the two end gears are not equal. 16.2 Precision Differentials Many different stock differentials are available, as well as special models which can be designed to satisfy individual customer requirements. In the selection of a differential for most computer applications, a number of factors need to be considered. Generally, high accuracy, low backlash and inertia are of prime importance. Simplicity of component parts, permitting accurate cutting and assembly of gears, must be incorporated in these differentials. Backlash may be controlled by adjustment of the self-locking nuts, which retain the two planetary gears. T125
Low breakaway torque Is another Important prerequisite. All gears are carefully cut to insure optimum contact and smooth power transmission. In addition, ball bearings are used throughout. Long life and resistance to various environmental conditions is insured by the use of stainless steel for all parts in a precision differential. Ease of maintenance must be designed into these units. The hollow-shaft design may permit replacement of the entire differential without disassembly of the remaining gearing. Backlash, due to wear, may be controlled by simple adjustments. The larger variety of types and available standard sizes provide the designer with a selection from which he may choose to satisfy almost any requirement. 16.3 Applications of Differentials 16.3.1 The Automotive Differential One of the popular uses of a differential is for the rear end of automobiles. When an automobile travels around a corner, its outer rear wheel travels further and therefore faster than its Inner rear wheel. The spider cage of the differential, Figure 49, splits the power input from the drive shaft between the rear wheels. The wheels can adjust to the radii of the turn, but their average angular velocity is that of the spider cage (see also "Fundamentals of Mechanical Design" by R.M. Phelan, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, N.Y., 1970, p.432).
Figure 49 Automotive Type Bevel Gear Differential Reprinted with the permission of McGraw-Hill, Inc.: See Ref. 6 16.3.2 Phase-Changing Differentials Differentials can be used for changing the phase between input and output shafts. Suppose input and output are coupled through a bevel gear differential with the arm or spider cage held fixed. Phase adjustment, even while the end gears are moving, can then be achieved by rotating the spider cage in proportion to the desired phase shift. 16.3.3 Differential Arrangement for Obtaining a Weighted Average of Two Rotations Suppose It is desired to obtain a relation between displacements, which is a modification of eq. (61), i.e.: uθ3 = ½ (vθ1 + wθ2) (62), where u, v, w are constants. This relationship can be realized mechanically by adding one gear mesh to each of the three shafts of the differential, the parameters u, v, w representing the gear ratios. T126
16.3.4 Reversing Gear Train Obtained from Bevel Gear Differential A differential gear system can also be useful in a reversing gear train, Figure 50. The bevel pinions rotate in opposite directions at all times, driven by the Input. The Output shaft is engaged to either of the pinions by shifting the clutch to one side or the other. This reverses the output. Smoothness of operation depends on the type of clutch employed.
Figure 50 Reversing Bevel Gear Train Reprinted with the permission of McGraw-Hill, Inc.: See Ref. 6 17.0 WORM GEAR DRIVES 17.1 Worm Gears - General This is a form of gearing often used for connecting right-angle shafts to obtain high reduction ratios in a compact arrangement. Worm gearing has a high load capacity, due in part to the line contact between worm and gear - in contrast to the point contact of crossed helical gears. The fundamentals of worm gears have been described in Par. 8.0-8.5 in Section 1: GEARS. The large sliding velocities between worm and gear require careful design to insure adequate load-carrying ability while minimizing wear. A cylindrical worm (Figures 1.39 and 1.40,Section 1: GEARS) is essentially equivalent to a V-type thread. Worms can also have more than one thread, for example, to obtain adequate power when large leads are involved. Various right-handed and left-handed worm-gear arrangements are shown in Figure 51. The angular velocity ratios and efficiencies of worm-gears have been described in Par. 13.2 and Par. 13.3.2, respectively. As In helical and bevel gears both tangential and axial forces occur In worm gear meshes and the shaft bearings need to be designed accordingly. For further details on the latter, the reader is referred to the references given at the end of Section 1: GEARS.
Figure 51 Worm-Gear Configurations T127
17.2 Worm Gear Speed Reducers and Drives* 17.2.1 General The action between a worm and its meshing gear is a combination of sliding and rolling, with sliding predominating in the higher reduction ratios. The teeth may or may not be of involute form. Also, the pitch diameters of the worm and gear are not proportional to the speed reduction ratio; a compact set can provide a large reduction ratio and speed. To obtain a low coefficient of friction in sliding, dissimilar metals are normally selected. Because the enveloping member-worm or gear-is never completely formed during the generating process, it Is usually made of the more plastic material so that it can be cold-worked to the correct form in use. Table 7 summarizes a number of worm gear drives, their characteristics, advantages and limitations. Worms are often made with more than one wrap-around thread, commonly referred to as a start. With some sets (Type l-Table7) only point contact results between the worm and gear (more on that later). To obtain line contact, the worm sets can be made "single enveloping" In which either the gear wraps around the worm (this is the conventional way-Type ll), or the worm around the gear (Types lV and V). When it is the gear that wraps around the worm, its teeth take on a throated appearance, but the gear itself may or may not have topping stock. For example, a gear made without topping is commonly referred to as a throated gear, while some gears are made with topping. When it is the worm that wraps around the gear, a less common type, it too takes on a throated configuration and Is frequently called an hourglass worm. Worm gear sets can also be made double-enveloping, so that both members wrap around each other (Type VI). In such a case, the worm takes on the hourglass shape, and the gear the throated shape. This latter system is sometimes referred to as an hourglass worm drive, but as can be seen from Table7 there are other systems that use hourglass worms. 17.2.2 Types of Worm Drives The characteristic of each drive is first discussed, then related equations and design procedures are given in a separate section that follows. (a) Cylindrical worm and spur-Type l It is not widely known that a standard single-start worm can mesh properly with a standard spur gear with the shafts at right angles to each other. This simple type of worm drive is finding applications where a high load capacity IS not required. The straight worm has threads of constant form and lead along its length. It Is actually a helical gear, and as the thread form Is an Involute helicoid, there will be true conjugate action in operations with a spur gear, or as is more frequently the case, a helical gear. The contact is a point-contact between two curved surfaces, and so the angular relationship between the two shafts Is not critical. Misalignment between the shafts merely shifts the contact point without affecting the nature of the contact, or the conjugate action. This characteristic can be used with advantage in instruments and data transmission applications. For example, an axial shaft in the gear does not cause a responding rotation in the worm, as it does in most the other types. (b) Standard-form worm drive-Type ll This is the most common type of worm gearing in use today. It has the same, straight-cylindrical worm as In Type l, but the worm In this case meshes with a throated gear. Thus, the worm from a standard worm drive can mesh properly with a spur or helical gear-a fact frequently debated. The contact between the threads of the worm and the teeth of the worm is a line contact. __________ *This paragraph is based entirely on excerpts from "Guide to Worm Gear Types" by E.K. Buckingham, "Gear Design and Application," N. Chironis, Editor, McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, N.Y. 1967, pp. 69-77. Permission by McGraw-Hill to reproduce this material is hereby gratefully acknowledged. T128
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(C) Deep-tooth worm drive-Type lll This is similar to the conventional worm drive, Type ll, but with extra deep teeth and low pressure angle (10-dog minimum). These modifications result In multiple contact, usually 8 to 12 teeth, and high recess action. This eliminates the main disadvantage of the standard worm drive, Type ll, which is that It is designed to operate with the pitch line at the center of the thread depth. This provides only a few teeth in contact (two to three teeth) and results in a conjugate action that is mostly approach-approximately 75% approach action and 25% recess action-which contributes to wear and noise. A full recess action Is preferable and can be achieved. (d) Enveloping-worm and spur gear drive-Type lV This drive consists of an hourglass type of enveloping worm which drives a standard Involute spur or helical gear. Properly designed, this geometry makes an excellent indexing drive, but it does not seem to be very widely known. With an enveloping worm drive, there is no conjugate gear tooth action-although there is conjugate cam action-and hence no approach or recess. The worm is essentially a barrel cam, which pushes ahead the gear teeth as the worm rotates. The action may be compared to that of a screw and nut, except that the screw and nut have area contact, and the enveloping worm and spur gear have line contact. All relative motion between the worm and gear is pure sliding, always in the same direction for one direction of rotation of the worm, which makes for excellent resistance to wear and simplifies lubrication. (e) Wildhaber worm drive-Type V This drive was invented by Ernest Wlldhaber back in 1922, about the same time that he invented his circular-arc helical gear drive, also referred to as the Novikov drive. The Wildhaber worm drive Is similar to the enveloping drive of Type lV, with the exception that the tooth flanks of the gear are straight instead of involute. This gives a contact pattern that is very similar to that of the enveloping worm drive, Type lV, which shows, incidentally, that the form of the tooth-involute, straight-sided, or circular arc-is of little importance in a single enveloping drive. The main advantage of a Wildhaber worm is that one can obtain extremely high accuracy in tooth spacing because the gear can be cut from a dividing head or indexing table-to within 0.25 sec of arc accuracy. Also, the system permits more flexibility in design because no special hobs are required. A worm set with 63.9 DP is just as easy to make as one with 64 DP. (f) Double enveloping worm drive-Type Vl This system is also known as the Hindley-worm drive and with certain modifications, as the Cone-Drive. The latter is the proprietary name of the Cone-Drive Gears Division of Michigan Tool Co. As the name double enveloping implies, the worm and gear "wrap around" each other to produce a drive with an hourglas worm and a throated gear-the only one of the six with this combination. Also all teeth are straight sided, with flanks tangent to a common circle in any axial plane. Although the Wildhaber and the double-enveloping drives have the same axial section and look similar, the double-enveloping worm cannot be properly meshed with a Wildhaber gear. 18.0 LIMIT STOPS 18.1 Introduction Shaft limits stops are usually used in one of the following applications: 1. To protect other components against damage due to over-winding. 2. To determine range of operation of a mechanism. T130
3. in combination with slip clutches provide Intermittent relative motion of different shafts within the same mechanism. 4. In combination with electrical contacts perform counting, stopping or recycling function as shown below. Different designs of multi-turn stops exist. The various types - including the most commonly used which is available from stock - are described in more detail In the following paragraphs.
18.2 Stop-Washer Type Limit Stops (Figure 52) Stop-washer type limit stops have an angularly adjustable drive disk sub-assembly (1) fixed to the shaft. A lobe of the drive disc protrudes and engages the extended lobe of a washer. Lobes of a multitude of these washers (2) - which can freely rotate on the shaft - finally create a solid spiral. The last washer presses against a solid stop or a pivot arm (3) which in application #4 above actuates the limit switches (4). Range can be changed by removal and addition of washers, or for fine adjustments by displacement of the twin drive lugs in the drive disc subassembly.
Figure 53 Screw-and-Traveling-Nut Type of Limit Stop
18.3 Screw-and-Traveling-Nut Type of Limit Stop (Figure 53) The screw and traveling nut type has, a fixed disc and stop sub-assembly pinned to the input shaft (lead screw). The adjustable disc and stop sub-assembly is rotated along the thread to the desired position and secured at that position via tightening of the jam locking disc. The adjustable feature is accessed via removal of the dust cover (not shown). 18.4 Pin-And-Gear Type of Limit Stop (Figure 54) This usually involves two spur gears with an unequal number of teeth. One of the gears is keyed to the shaft the rotation of which is to be controlled. Two stop pins, one attached to each gear, are in contact In the position shown in Figure 54. In this position gear 1 can rotate only counterclockwise and gear 2 clockwise. After a certain rotation of the gears, the pins will engage once again. Thus the rotations of the gears (and the shafts to which they are keyed) are limited by these positions. T131
The number of turns between stops is principally a function of the number of teeth on each gear. To a lesser, though not negligible extent, it is a function also of the location and geometry of the stop pins. Depending on these parameters, it is possible to obtain shaft motions ranging from a traction of one turn to many turns. References: 1. E.G. Burgess, "Minimization of Gear Train Inertia", American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Trans. ASME 76B, J. Eng., IND 1954, pp. 493-496. 2. P. Dean. "Lost Motion in Gear Trains", Gear Design and Application, Chironis, NP., Editor, McGraw Hill Book Co. Inc., New York, NY 1967, p. 236. 3. S. Rappaport, "When Helical Gears Get You Out of Tight Spots", Gear Design and Application, Chironis, NP., Editor, McGraw Hill Book Co. Inc., New York, NY 1967, pp. 79-82. 4. G.W. Michalec, "Precision Gearing: Theory and Practice", J. Wiley and Sons, New York, NY 1966. 5. F.T. Gutmann, "18 Ways to Control Backlash In Gearing", Gear Design and Application, Chironis, NP., Editor, McGraw Hill Book Co. Inc., New York, NY 1967, pp.237-242 6. R.M. Phelan, "Fundamentals of Mechanical Design", McGraw Hill Book Co. Inc., New York, NY. 3rd edition 1970. 7. E.K. Buckingham, "Guide to Worm Gear Types", Gear Design and Application, Chironis, N.P., Editor, McGraw Hill Book Co. Inc., New York, NY 1967, pp. 69-77. T132
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