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Home Drive_Index Gears Gearboxes Spur Gears Introduction..... Standards Standards..... Terminology..... Spur Gear Design..... Materials..... Basic Equations..... Module Module..... Pressure Angle..... Contact Ratio..... Forces Torques etc..... Strength Durability calcs..... Design Forces..... Process..... Internal Gears Gears..... Table of Lewis Form Factors..... The notes below relate to spur gears. on a separate page Helical Gears Introduction Gears are machine elements used to transmit rotary motion between two shafts, normally with a constant ratio. The pinion is the smallest gear and the larger gear is called the gear wheel.. A rack is a rectangular prism with gear teeth machined along one side- it is in effect a gear wheel with an infinite pitch circle diameter. In practice the action of gears in transmitting motion is a cam action each pair of mating teeth acting as cams. Gear design has evolved to such a level that throughout the motion of each contacting pair of teeth the velocity ratio of the gears motion is maintained fixed and the velocity ratio is still fixed as each subsequent pair of teeth come into contact. When the teeth action is such that the driving tooth moving at constant angular velocity produces a proportional constant velocity of the angular driven tooth the action is termed a conjugate action. The teeth shape universally selected for the gear teeth is the involute profile. Consider one end of a piece of string is fastened to the OD of one cylinder and the the other end of the string is fastened to the OD of another cylinder parallel to the first and both cylinders are rotated in the opposite directions to tension the string(see figure below). The point on the string midway between the cylinder P is marked. As the left hand cylinder rotates CCW the point moves towards this cylinder as it wraps on . The point moves away from the right hand cylinder as the string unwraps. The point traces the involute form of the gear teeth. Notes specific to helical gears are included

The lines normal to the point of contact of the gears always intersects the centre line joining the gear centres at one point called the pitch point. For each gear the circle passing through the pitch point is called the pitch circle. The gear ratio is proportional to the diameters of the two pitch circles. For metric gears (as adopted by most of the worlds nations) the gear proportions are based on the module. m = (Pitch Circle Diameter(mm)) / (Number of teeth on gear). In the USA the module is not used and instead the Diametric Pitch d pis used d p = (Number of Teeth) / Diametrical Pitch (inches)

Profile of a standard 1mm module gear teeth for a gear with Infinite radius (Rack ). Other module teeth profiles are directly proportion . e.g. 2mm module teeth are 2 x this profile

Many gears trains are very low power applications with an object of transmitting motion with minium torque e.g. watch and clock mechanisms, instruments, toys, music boxes etc. These applications do not require detailed strength calculations.

Standards Standards

AGMA 2001-C95 or AGMA-2101-C95 Fundamental Rating factors and Calculation Methods for involute Spur Gear and Helical Gear Teeth BS 436-4:1996, ISO 1328-1:1995..Spur and helical gears. Definitions and allowable values of deviations relevant to corresponding flanks of gear teeth

BS 436-5:1997, ISO 1328-2:1997..Spur and helical gears. Definitions and allowable values of deviations relevant to radial composite deviations and runout information BS ISO 6336-1:1996 ..Calculation of load capacity of spur and helical gears. Basic principles, introduction and general influence factors BS ISO 6336-2:1996..Calculation of load capacity of spur and helical gears. Calculation of surface durability (pitting) BS ISO 6336-3:1996..Calculation of load capacity of spur and helical gears. Calculation of tooth bending strength BS ISO 6336-5:2003..Calculation of load capacity of spur and helical gears. Strength and quality of materials

If it is necessary to design a gearbox from scratch the design process in selecting the gear size is not complicated - the various design formulea have all been developed over time and are available in the relevant standards. However significant effort, judgement and expertise is required in designing the whole system including the gears, shafts , bearings, gearbox, lubrication. For the same duty many different gear options are available for the type of gear , the materials and the quality. It is always preferable to procure gearboxes from specialised gearbox manufacturers

Terminology - spur gears Diametral pitch (d p )...... The number of teeth per one inch of pitch circle diameter. Module. (m) ...... The length, in mm, of the pitch circle diameter per tooth. Circular pitch (p)...... The distance between adjacent teeth measured along the are at the pitch circle diameter Addendum ( h a )...... The height of the tooth above the pitch circle diameter. Centre distance (a)...... The distance between the axes of two gears in mesh. Circular tooth thickness (ctt)...... The width of a tooth measured along the are at the pitch circle diameter. Dedendum ( h f )...... The depth of the tooth below the pitch circle diameter. Outside diameter ( D o )...... The outside diameter of the gear. Base Circle diameter ( D b ) ...... The diameter on which the involute teeth profile is based. Pitch circle dia ( p ) ...... The diameter of the pitch circle. Pitch point...... The point at which the pitch circle diameters of two gears in mesh coincide. Pitch to back...... The distance on a rack between the pitch circle diameter line and the rear face of the rack. Pressure angle ...... The angle between the tooth profile at the pitch circle diameter and a radial line passing through the same point. Whole depth...... The total depth of the space between adjacent teeth.

Spur Gear Design The spur gear is is simplest type of gear manufactured and is generally used for transmission of rotary motion between parallel shafts. The spur gear is the first choice option for gears except when high speeds, loads, and ratios direct towards other options. Other gear types may also be preferred to provide more silent lowvibration operation. A single spur gear is generally selected to have a ratio range of between 1:1 and 1:6 with a pitch line velocity up to 25 m/s. The spur gear has an operating efficiency of 98-99%. The pinion is made from a harder material than the wheel. A gear pair should be selected to have the highest number of teeth consistent with a suitable safety margin in strength and wear. The minimum number of teeth on a gear with a normal pressure angle of 20 desgrees is 18. The preferred number of teeth are as follows 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 22 24 25 28 30 32 34 38 40 45 50 54 60 64 70 72 75 80 84 90 96 100 120 140 150 180 200 220 250

Materials used for gears Mild steel is a poor material for gears as as it has poor resistance to surface loading. The carbon content for unhardened gears is generally 0.4%(min) with 0.55%(min) carbon for the pinions. Dissimilar materials should be used for the meshing gears - this particularly applies to alloy steels. Alloy steels have superior fatigue properties compared to carbon steels for comparable strengths. For extremely high gear loading case hardened steels are used the surface hardening method employed should be such to provide sufficient case depth for the final grinding process used.

Material

Cast Iron

Cast Steels

Plain-Carbon Steels

Alloy Steels

## Stainless Steels (Mart)

Aluminium alloys

Brass alloys

Bronze alloys

Magnesium alloys

Large moderate power, commercial gears Power gears with medium rating to commercial quality Power gears with Good machining, medium rating to can be heat commercial/medium treated quality Heat Treatable to Highest power provide highest requirement. For strength and precision and high durability precisiont Corrosion Good corrosion resistance with low resistance. Nonpower ratings. Up to magnetic precision quality Hardenable, Low to medium Reasonable power ratings Up to corrosion high precision resistance, levels of quality magnetic Non-Ferrous metals Light weight, non- Light duty corrosive and instrument gears up good to high precision machinability quality Low cost, nonlow cost corrosive, commercial quality excellent gears. Quality up to machinability medium precision Excellent For use with steel machinability, low power gears. friction and good Quality up to high compatability with precision steel Light weight with Ligh weight low poor corrosion load gears. Quality

Notes Ferrous metals Low Cost easy to machine with high damping Low cost, reasonable strength

applications

Nickel alloys

Titanium alloys

Di-cast alloys

## Sintered powder alloys

Acetal (Delrin

Phenolic laminates

Nylons

PTFE

up to medium precision Low coefficient of Special gears for thermal thermal applications expansion. Poor to commercial machinability quality High strength, for Special light weight low weight, good high strength gears corrosion to medium precision resistance Low cost with low High production, precision and low quality gears to strength commercial quality High production, Low cost, low low quality to quality, moderate moderate strength commercial quality Non metals Wear resistant, Long life , low load low water bearings to absorbtion commercial quality High production, Low cost, low low quality to quality, moderate moderate strength commercial quality No lubrication, no Long life at low lubricant, absorbs loads to commercial water quality Special low friction Low friction and gears to no lubrication commercial quality

resistance

Equations for basic gear relationships It is acceptable to marginally modify these relationships e.g to modify the addendum /dedendum to allow Centre Distance adjustments. Any changes modifications will affect the gear performance in good and bad ways...

Addendum Base Circle diameter Centre distance Circular pitch Circular tooth thickness Dedendum Module Number of teeth Outside

## d = z . m ... (d g = gear & d p = pinion ) h = 2.25 . m t o = 0,25 . m

Module (m) The module is the ratio of the pitch diameter to the number of teeth. The unit of the module is milli-metres.Below is a diagram showing the relative size of teeth machined in a rack with module ranging from module values of 0,5 mm to 6 mm

The preferred module values are 0,5 0,8 1 1,25 1,5 2,5 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 16 20 25 32 40 50

Normal Pressure angle An important variable affecting the geometry of the gear teeth is the normal o pressure angle. This is generally standardised at 20 . Other pressure angles should be used only for special reasons and using considered judgment. The following changes result from increasing the pressure angle Reduction in the danger of undercutting and interference Reduction of slipping speeds Increased loading capacity in contact, seizure and wear Increased rigidity of the toothing Increased noise and radial forces
o o

Gears required to have low noise levels have pressure angles 15 to17.5

Contact Ratio The gear design is such that when in mesh the rotating gears have more than one gear in contact and transferring the torque for some of the time. This property is called the contact ratio. This is a ratio of the length of the line-of-action to the base pitch. The higher the contact ratio the more the load is shared between teeth. It is good practice to maintain a contact ratio of 1.2 or greater. Under no circumstances should the ratio drop below 1.1.

A contact ratio between 1 and 2 means that part of the time two pairs of teeth are in contact and during the remaining time one pair is in contact. A ratio between 2 and 3 means 2 or 3 pairs of teeth are always in contact. Such as high contact ratio generally is not obtained with external spur gears, but can be developed in the meshing of an internal and external spur gear pair or specially designed nonstandard external spur gears.

(Rgo2 - Rgb2 )1/2 + (Rpo2 - Rpb2 )1/2 contact ratio m = p cos R go = D go / 2..Radius of Outside Dia of Gear R gb = D gb / 2..Radius of Base Dia of Gear R po = D po / 2..Radius of Outside Dia of Pinion R pb = D pb / 2..Radius of Base Dia of Pinion p = circular pitch. a = ( d g+ d p )/2 = center distance.

a sin

Spur gear Forces, torques, velocities & Powers F = tooth force between contacting teeth (at angle pressure angle to pitch line tangent. (N) F t = tangential component of tooth force (N) F s = Separating component of tooth force = Pressure angle d 1 = Pitch Circle Dia -driving gear (m) d 2 = Pitch Circle Dia -driven gear (m) 1 = Angular velocity of driver gear (Rads/s) 2 = Angular velocity of driven gear (Rads/s) z 1 = Number of teeth on driver gear z 2 = Number of teeth on driven gear P = power transmitted (Watts) M = torque (Nm) = efficiency

Tangential force on gears F t = F cos Separating force on gears F s = F t tan Torque on driver gear T 1 = F t d 1 / 2 Torque on driver gear T 2 = F t d 2 / 2 Speed Ratio = 1 / 2 = d 2 / d 1 = z 2 /z 1 Input Power P 1 = T1 . 1 Output Power P 2 =.T 1 . 2

Spur gear Strength and durability calculations Designing spur gears is normally done in accordance with standards the two most popular series are listed under standards above: The notes below relate to approximate methods for estimating gear strengths. The methods are really only useful for first approximations and/or selection of stock gears (ref links below). Detailed design of spur and helical gears is best completed using the standards. Books are available providing the necessary guidance. Software is also available making the process very easy. A very reasonably priced and easy to use package is included in the links below (Mitcalc.com) The determination of the capacity of gears to transfer the required torque for the desired operating life is completed by determining the strength of the gear teeth in bending and also the durability i.e of the teeth ( resistance to wearing/bearing/scuffing loads ) .. The equations below are based on methods used by Buckingham..

Bending

The basic bending stress for gear teeth is obtained by using the Lewis formula = Ft / ( ba. m. Y ) F t = Tangential force on tooth = Tooth Bending stress (MPa) b a = Face width (mm) Y = Lewis Form Factor m = Module (mm)

## Note: The Lewis formula is often expressed as = Ft / ( ba. p. y )

Where y = Y/ and p = circular pitch When a gear wheel is rotating the gear teeth come into contact with some degree of impact. To allow for this a velocity factor ( Kv ) is introduced into the equation. This is given by the Barth equation... V = the pitch line velocity = d./2 (m/s)

## The Lewis formula is thus modified as follows = K v.Ft / ( ba. m. Y )

Surface Durability This calculation involves determining the contact stress between the gear teeth and uses the Herz Formula w = 2.F / ( .b .l ) w = largest surface pressure F = force pressing the two cylinders (gears) together l = length of the cylinders (gear) b = halfwidth =

d 1 ,d 2 Are the diameters for the two contacting cylinders. 1, 2 Poisson ratio for the two gear materials E 1 ,E 2 Are the Young's Modulus Values for the two gears To arrive at the formula used for gear calculations the following changes are made F is replaced by F t/ cos d is replaced by 2.r l is replaced by W The velocity factor K v as described above is introduced. Also an elastic constant Z E is created

When the value of E used is in MPa then the units of Cp are MPa = KPa

The resulting formula for the compressive stress developed is as shown below

The dynamic contact stress c developed by the transmitted torque must be less than the allowable contact stress Se... Note: Values for Allowable stress values Se and ZE for some materials are provided at Gear Table r1 = d1 sin /2 r2 = d2 sin /2 Important Note: The above equations do not take into account the various factors which are integral to calculations completed using the relevant standards. These equations therefore yield results suitable for first estimate design purposes only... Design Process To select gears from a stock gear catalogue or do a first approximation for a gear design select the gear material and obtain a safe working stress e.g Yield stress / Factor of Safety. /Safe fatigue stress Determine the input speed, output speed, ratio, torque to be transmitted Select materials for the gears (pinion is more highly loaded than gear) Determine safe working stresses (uts /factor of safety or yield stress/factor of safety or Fatigue strength / Factor of safety ) Determine Allowable endurance Stress Se Select a module value and determine the resulting geometry of the gear Use the lewis formula and the endurance formula to establish the resulting face width If the gear proportions are reasonable then - proceed to more detailed evaluations If the resulting face width is excessive - change the module or material or both and start again

The gear face width should be selected in the range 9-15 x module or for straight spur gears-up to 60% of the pinion diameter.

Internal Gears Advantages: 1. 2. 3. 4. Geometry ideal for epicyclic gear design Allows compact design since the center distance is less than for external gears. A high contact ratio is possible. Good surface endurance due to a convex profile surface working against a concave surface.

Disadvantages: 1. Housing and bearing supports are more complicated, because the external gear nests within the internal gear. 2. Low ratios are unsuitable and in many cases impossible because of interferences. 3. Fabrication is limited to the shaper generating process, and usually special tooling is

required.

factor. Lewis form factor Table of lewis form factors for different tooth forms and pressure angles No Teeth Load Near Tip of Teeth 14 1/2 deg Y 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 y 20 deg FD Y y 20 deg Stub 25 deg Y y Y y Load at Near Middle of Teeth 14 1/2 deg Y y 20 deg FD Y y

0,176 0,056 0,201 0,064 0,261 0,083 0,238 0,076 0,192 0,061 0,226 0,072 0,289 0,092 0,259 0,082 0,21 0,067 0,245 0,078 0,311 0,099 0,277 0,088 0,355 0,113 0,415 0,132 0,443 0,141 0,156 0,223 0,071 0,264 0,084 0,324 0,103 0,293 0,093 0,377 0,12 0,245 0,078 0,289 0,092 0,349 0,111 0,32 0,255 0,081 0,295 0,094 0,36 0,27

0,236 0,075 0,276 0,088 0,339 0,108 0,307 0,098 0,399 0,127 0,468 0,149 0,102 0,415 0,132 0,49 0,115 0,332 0,106 0,43 0,137 0,503 0,16

0,264 0,084 0,302 0,096 0,368 0,117 0,342 0,109 0,446 0,142 0,512 0,163 0,086 0,308 0,098 0,377 0,12 0,32 0,352 0,112 0,459 0,146 0,522 0,166 0,534 0,17 0,277 0,088 0,314 0,1 0,283 0,09 0,386 0,123 0,361 0,115 0,471 0,15 0,49

0,102 0,393 0,125 0,369 0,117 0,481 0,153 0,544 0,173 0,156 0,553 0,176

## 0,292 0,093 0,33

0,105 0,404 0,129 0,384 0,122 0,496 0,158 0,559 0,178 0,390 0,124 0,502 0,16 0,565 0,18 0,185

## 0,296 0,094 0,333 0,106 0,408 0,13 0,305 0,097 0,34

0,302 0,096 0,337 0,107 0,411 0,131 0,396 0,126 0,509 0,162 0,572 0,182 0,108 0,416 0,132 0,402 0,128 0,515 0,164 0,58 0,308 0,098 0,344 0,109 0,421 0,134 0,407 0,13 0,314 0,1 0,352 0,112 0,43 0,522 0,166 0,584 0,186 0,592 0,188

0,311 0,099 0,348 0,111 0,426 0,136 0,412 0,131 0,528 0,168 0,588 0,187 0,137 0,417 0,133 0,534 0,17 0,316 0,101 0,355 0,113 0,434 0,138 0,421 0,134 0,537 0,171 0,599 0,191 0,318 0,101 0,358 0,114 0,437 0,139 0,425 0,135 0,54 0,32 0,101 0,361 0,115 0,44 0,14 0,172 0,606 0,193 0,429 0,137 0,554 0,176 0,611 0,194 0,175 0,623 0,198

0,322 0,101 0,364 0,116 0,443 0,141 0,433 0,138 0,547 0,174 0,617 0,196 0,324 0,103 0,367 0,117 0,445 0,142 0,436 0,139 0,55 0,326 0,104 0,371 0,118 0,447 0,142 0,44 0,329 0,105 0,377 0,12 0,33 0,105 0,38 0,14 0,553 0,176 0,628 0,2

0,327 0,104 0,373 0,119 0,449 0,143 0,443 0,141 0,556 0,177 0,633 0,201 0,451 0,144 0,446 0,142 0,559 0,178 0,639 0,203 0,65 0,207 0,121 0,454 0,145 0,449 0,143 0,563 0,179 0,645 0,205

0,333 0,106 0,384 0,122 0,455 0,145 0,452 0,144 0,565 0,18 0,336 0,107 0,389 0,124 0,459 0,146 0,457 0,145 0,57 0,34

0,335 0,107 0,386 0,123 0,457 0,145 0,454 0,145 0,568 0,181 0,655 0,208 0,181 0,659 0,21 0,339 0,108 0,397 0,126 0,467 0,149 0,464 0,148 0,574 0,183 0,668 0,213 0,108 0,399 0,127 0,468 0,149 0,468 0,149 0,579 0,184 0,678 0,216 0,408 0,13 0,474 0,151 0,477 0,152 0,588 0,187 0,694 0,221 0,153 0,484 0,154 0,596 0,19 0,704 0,224 0,346 0,11

## 0,352 0,112 0,415 0,132 0,48

0,355 0,113 0,421 0,134 0,484 0,154 0,491 0,156 0,603 0,192 0,713 0,227 0,358 0,114 0,425 0,135 0,488 0,155 0,496 0,158 0,607 0,193 0,721 0,23 0,36 0,115 0,429 0,137 0,493 0,157 0,501 0,159 0,61 0,194 0,728 0,232 0,361 0,115 0,433 0,138 0,496 0,158 0,506 0,161 0,613 0,195 0,735 0,234 0,363 0,116 0,436 0,139 0,499 0,159 0,509 0,162 0,615 0,196 0,739 0,235 0,366 0,117 0,442 0,141 0,503 0,16 0,516 0,164 0,619 0,197 0,747 0,238 0,368 0,117 0,446 0,142 0,506 0,161 0,521 0,166 0,622 0,198 0,755 0,24 0,375 0,119 0,458 0,146 0,518 0,165 0,537 0,171 0,635 0,202 0,778 0,248 0,378 0,12 0,38 0,39 0,463 0,147 0,524 0,167 0,545 0,173 0,64 0,534 0,17 0,554 0,176 0,65 0,66 0,175 0,566 0,18 0,204 0,787 0,251 0,207 0,801 0,255 0,21 0,823 0,262 0,122 0,471 0,15

## 0,124 0,484 0,154 0,55

Links to Gear Design 1. Excelcalcs;...Site includes number of excel based gear calculation sheets.(annual subscription)

2. OnDrives-precision gears ... Supplier of Gears / Gearboxes,Including technical info ( download) 3. Gear Design ...A comprehensive source of Gear Design Information 4. Efunda ...Efunda -> Design Centre-> Gears.. Some useful Notes. 5. Gear Design Topics ... A site providing amazing motion graphics of different gear types 6. SEW Eurodrive...All the information on Gearboxes you will need 7. Quality Transmission Components...Supplier with downloadable Gear Design Handbook 8. Stock Drive Products= Sterling Instruments...Supplier with large quantity of downloadable drive information 9. Mitcalc...Excel based software including coded gear design 10. Lenze...Drive system supplier with geared motor section 11. Davall Gears...UK Supplier of stock gears and gearboxes 12. Muffett gears...UK Supplier of stock gears and gearboxes 13. Gear Design Lecture Notes...Plymouth.ac.uk Useful Notes on gear strength design 14. Gear Stress (PDF)...A very useful downloadable paper based on AGMA standards for gear design 15. DR Gears...One stop resource for gear manufacturers

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