At Muncie Power, the objective of noise and vibration testing is to develop
effective ways to eliminate power
take-off (PTO) gear rattle, with specific emphasis on PTO products. The
type of sound of largest concern in this
industry is tonal.
Gear engineers have long recognized the importance of considering system factors when analyzing a single pair of gears in mesh. These factors include important considerations
such as load sharing in multi-mesh geartrains and bearing clearances, in addition to the effects of flexible components such as housings, gear blanks, shafts and carriers for planetary geartrains. However, in recent years, transmission systems have become increasingly complex—with higher numbers of gears and components—while the quality requirements and expectations in terms of durability, gear whine, rattle and efficiency
have increased accordingly.