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Analysis of the Housing Vibration of a Rotorcraft Planetary Gear Using a Finite Element/Contact Mechanics Model

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Christopher G. Cooley

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL

Adrian A. Hood

US Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD

Paper No. DETC2017-67984, pp. V010T11A018; 9 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 10: 2017 ASME International Power Transmission and Gearing Conference
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5824-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


This study investigates the planetary gear housing vibration for rotorcraft systems with equally spaced and diametrically opposed planets using a finite element/contact mechanics model. This approach permits accurate housing deflection calculations at each time instant that result from the changing contact conditions on all gear teeth and elastic deformations of each gear. Planetary gears with diametrically opposed planets have larger amplitude vibrations and more frequency content than those with equally spaced planets. Parametric studies show that although the frequency content does not change with changes in the system’s parameters, the amplitudes of response at these frequencies are meaningfully impacted. The frequency components of the acceleration spectra can have additional content when the planetary gear has manufacturing and assembly errors. Each error case results in different frequency content in the acceleration spectra. Understanding these housing vibrations is beneficial for interpreting measured accelerometer signals to detect and classify damage.

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