Estimation and improvement method of mesh efficiency of cylindrical gears

Kunihiko Morikawa*, Ryuta Nishihara, Susumu Matsumoto

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    For the purpose of improving the efficiency of automotive transmission, there is a greater need to modify even the gear dimensions and tooth surface for reducing gear mesh power loss. In our study, we developed the prediction program and examined some reduction methods of the mesh power loss. To predict the mesh power loss of transmission gears accurately, it is necessary to estimate the friction coefficient at tooth meshing surface. But there was no formula with high accuracy for useful estimation of friction coefficient under mixed lubrication condition such as gear meshing condition. The one of authors proposed the new estimation formula of friction coefficient. In this paper, the usefulness of proposed estimation formula is confirmed and the prediction program of mesh power loss applying the proposed estimation formula of friction coefficient is also validated by several gear pair tests. From this prediction program and some experiments, the influence of gear dimensions, tooth surface modification, tooth surface roughness and driving condition on mesh power loss is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1250-1259
    Number of pages10
    JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
    Issue number788
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Friction coefficient
    • Gear
    • Helical gear
    • Mesh efficiency
    • Mesh power loss
    • Minimum oil film thickness
    • Tooth surface modification
    • Tooth surface roughness

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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