Mechanics & Industry
Volume 18, Number 4, 2017
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Published online||28 August 2017|
Experimental investigations and analysis on churning losses of splash lubricated spiral bevel gears
Univ. Lyon, INSA-Lyon, LaMCoS, UMR 5259,
2 Univ. Lyon, ECAM Lyon, INSA-Lyon, LabECAM, Lyon, France
3 Leroy Somer, Emerson Corp., Angoulême, France
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Accepted: 24 January 2017
Churning losses are a complex phenomenon which generates significant power losses when considering splash lubrication of gear units. However, only few works deal with bevel gears dipped lubrication losses. The objective of this study is to provide a wide variety of experimental tests on churning losses, especially getting interested in geometry of spiral bevel gears influence. A specific test rig was used in order to study a single spiral bevel gear partially immersed in an oil bath. Experiments have been conducted for several operating conditions in terms of speeds, lubricants, temperatures and gear geometries to study their impact on splash lubrication power losses. These experimental results are compared with the predictions from various literature sources. As the results did not agree well with the predictions for all operating conditions, an extended equation derived from previous works is introduced to estimate churning losses of bevel gears.
Key words: spiral bevel gears / churning / lubrication / power losses
© AFM, EDP Sciences 2017
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