Accession Number : ADA290345

Title :   Analytical and Experimental Vibration Analysis of a Faulty Gear System.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION CLEVELAND OH LEWIS RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Choy, F. K. ; Braun, M. J. ; Polyshchuk, V. ; Zakrajsek, J. J. ; Townsend, D. P.

PDF Url : ADA290345

Report Date : OCT 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : A comprehensive analytical procedure was developed for predicting faults in gear transmission systems under normal operating conditions. A gear tooth fault model is developed to simulate the effects of pitting and wear on the vibration signal under normal operating conditions. The model uses changes in the gear mesh stiffness to simulate the effects of gear tooth faults. The overall dynamics of the gear transmission system is evaluated by coupling the dynamics of each individual gear-rotor system through gear mesh forces generated between each gear-rotor system and the bearing forces generated between the rotor and the gearbox structure. The predicted results were compared with experimental results obtained from a spiral bevel gear fatigue test rig at NASA Lewis Research Center. The Wigner-Ville Distribution (WVD) was used to give a comprehensive comparison of the predicted and experimental results. The WVD method applied to the experimental results were also compared to other fault detection techniques to verify the WVD's ability to detect the pitting damage, and to determine its relative performance. Overall results show good correlation between the experimental vibration data of the damaged test gear and the predicted vibration from the model with simulated gear tooth pitting damage. Results also verified that the WVD method can successfully detect and locate gear tooth wear and pitting damage. (MM)

Descriptors :   *VIBRATION, *TRANSMISSION GEARS, STIFFNESS, DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, WEAR, FATIGUE(MECHANICS), FAILURE(MECHANICS), TIME DOMAIN, GEAR TEETH, PITTING.

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE