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Micro-Scale Surface Texture Design for Improved Scuffing Resistance in Gear Applications

[+] Author Affiliations
Aaron Greco, Oyelayo Ajayi, Robert Erck

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

Paper No. DETC2011-47324, pp. 579-584; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2011-47324
From:
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 8: 11th International Power Transmission and Gearing Conference; 13th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5485-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME

abstract

The reliability and durability of gear components are critical issues especially in advanced power transmissions subject to increased power density and extreme operating conditions. In general the three main tribological failure modes present in gear tooth contact are: wear, contact fatigue/pitting, and scuffing. The present work investigates the influence of surface texturing in the form of micro-scale dimples as a method to enhance scuff resistance. Flat H13 steel samples were micro-dimpled using a laser surface texturing process. For scuffing and wear evaluation the flats were tested in point contact under lubricated linear reciprocating sliding. A threefold increase in scuffing resistance was observed for textured surfaces over comparable non-textured flats, however, for prolonged operation at high loads an increase wear rate of the counterface is observed. For gear application the design and location of surface texture requires careful consideration to balance scuffing resistance with potential influence to increased wear and fatigue pitting.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME

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