Investigating Faulty Gear-Unit Vibration
A crack in the tooth root is probably the least desirable problem in gear unit operation; it often leads to failure. Signals produced by a gear with a crack in the tooth root, produced through real operating conditions, and signals caused by a faultless gear are used for the analysis. By monitoring vibrations it is possible to detect the presence of a crack. A fatigue crack in the tooth root brings about significant changes in tooth stiffness. Other faults are usually linked with modifications of other dynamic parameters. Time Frequency Analysis tools, e.g. Wavelets Analyses, are used to analyse a non-stationary signal. The wavelet transform is chosen for the analysis. The wavelet function similar to the dynamic reaction of the crack in the tooth root is selected. By means of the methods and the analysis presented in this paper, the reliability of determining modifications in signal vibrations is improved.
Akihide Saimoto and Prof. Ferri M.H.Aliabadi
A. Belšak and J. Flašker, "Investigating Faulty Gear-Unit Vibration", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 452-453, pp. 429-432, 2011