In Situ Measured Tooth Flank Wear of Plastic Gears under Spectrum Loading
The wear behaviour of PBT-steel gear sets under temporarily changed load has been investigated using an in situ gear test rig developed at the LKT. The in situ test method is based on analysing the timing differences between the index pulses of rotary encoders on the input and output shaft of the test rig. The loading torque was varied between two levels and compared to the permanently applied equivalent average load in terms of the resulting tooth flank wear. Moreover, the number of load changes has been varied to analyse the influence of load changes on the gear wear. The results show that the applied load spectrum determines the resulting tooth flank wear even if the average applied load is the same. Moreover, it could be shown that the sequence of the applied load, i.e., the load history, plays an important role, since the applied load and the duration of the applied load within the run-in-stage disproportionately affect the wear behaviour over time.