The wear behavior of polymer gears made of five different materials has been investigated using an existing polymer gear test rig. Step loading tests at a constant speed of 1,000 rpm were performed. Significant differences in failure modes and performance have been observed for the five polymer gear materials for gear engagements of gears, with the same material as each other.
This paper seeks to compare the data generated from test rig shaft encoders and torque transducers when using steel-steel, steel-plastic and plastic-plastic gear combinations in order to understand the differences in performance of steel and plastic gears.
In the hypercompetitive race to increase automobile efficiency,
Metaldyne has been developing its balance shaft module line with Victrex
PEEK polymer in place of metal gears.
The collaborative product development
resulted in significant reductions in
inertia, weight and power consumption,
as well as improvement in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance.