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Effects of Gear Surface Parameters on Flank Wear

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Non-uniform gear wear changes gear topology and affects the noise performance of a hypoid gear set. This paper presents the effects of gear surface parameters on gear wear and the measurement/testing methods used to quantify the flank wear in laboratory tests. Gear tooth profile, transmission error, gear tooth surface finish determined by cutting, and gear tooth surface finish determined by other processes are the factors considered in this paper. The measurements include transmission error, pattern rating, and surface roughness before and after test. The effects and interaction between controlled factors provided the information for product improvement. The action resulted from this study is anticipated to significantly improve product reliability and customer satisfaction.