Investigations on tip relieving of spur gears by non-contact process PAPER | Materials and Manufacturing Processes

Sunil Pathak, post-doc from the Laser Shock Peening (LSP) group of the HiLASE Centre, published a new paper in the Materials and Manufacturing Processes journal, in collaboration with scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology.

The paper titled Investigations on tip relieving of spur gears by non-contact process is dedicated to the application of pulsed electronical flank modification (PECFM) for the relieving of spur gears. The results will be mainly useful to manufacturers and users of gears.

This paper describes tip relieving of spur gears by pulsed electrochemical flank modification (PECFM) process by a novel designed cathodic gear tool and apparatus. This work reports experimental findings on tip relieving and surface finish by varying the concentration, flow rate, and temperature of the electrolyte, modification duration, and cathodic gear rotational speed at four levels each and using predetermined values of voltage, pulse-on time, pulse-off time, and anodic gear reciprocating speed. The amount of tip relief is found to increase considerably with modification duration and electrolyte concentration. Identified optimum values of modification duration, cathode gear rotational speed, concentration, flow rate, and electrolyte temperature are 20 minutes, 45 rpm, 2 Molarity, 30 lpm, and 40°C, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy images of the tip-relieved spur gear revealed that PECFM effectively eliminates the hob cutter marks from its flank surfaces. This work will be helpful to gear manufacturers seeking productive tip relieving.

You can read the full article HERE.