Standardized methods, like AGMA 2001-D04 or ISO 6336 for the calculation of the load carrying capacities of gears are intentionally conservative to ensure broad applicability in industrial practice. However, new applications and higher requirements often demand more detailed design calculations nowadays; for example: long operating lives in wind power gearboxes or fewer gear stages and higher speeds in e-mobility applications result in higher load cycles per tooth in a gearbox.
Much of the existing guidelines for making large, high-performance gears for wind turbine gearboxes exhibit a need for improvement. Consider: the large grinding stock used to compensate for heat treatment distortion can significantly reduce manufacturing productivity; and, materials and manufacturing processes are two other promising avenues to improvement. The work presented here investigates quenchable alloy steels that, combined with specifically developed Case-hardening and heat treatment processes, exhibits reduced distortion and, in turn, requires a smaller grinding stock.