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Influence of Planet Pin Stiffness on Load Sharing in Planetary Gear Drives

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Alfred N. Montestruc

 Friede & Goldman, Ltd., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 10375 Richmond Avenue, Suite 1600, Houston, TX 77042montestruc@gmail.com

J. Mech. Des 133(1), 014501 (Dec 29, 2010) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4002971 History: Received November 05, 2009; Revised November 03, 2010; Published December 29, 2010; Online December 29, 2010

Others have done significant work on the subject of load sharing among the planets of planetary gear drives; a brief review of that work is presented. Little work has been done, however, to evaluate the utility of the Hicks type flexible planet pins in improvement of load sharing in a planetary gear stage. This work shows the potential value of the three variations of the Hicks type flexible planet pin used on cantilever carriers, and a new design of a low spring constant planet pin that can be used on straddle type carriers. This is done by the calculation of the spring constants of gear meshes, bearings, and various designs of planet pins using the finite element method for a specific design of a planetary gear stage with spur gears and eight planets. The result showed significant differences. Low spring constant flexible pins are shown to have significantly superior load sharing characteristics.

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Plot of load fraction versus α (nondimensional torque) for both fixed (fix) and floating (flo) eight planet systems

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Plot of worst load fraction versus carrier torque floating 0.0359 mm error for all designs (AGMA accuracy gr. 4)

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Plot of worst load fraction versus carrier torque floating 0.0718 mm error for all designs (AGMA accuracy gr. 6)

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Figure 1

Solid and flexible pin geometries

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Figure 2

Specific cantilever flexible pin geometries modeled

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Figure 5

Deflection of elements of an asymmetric pin design

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Figure 3

Maximum principal stress of Hicks design flexible pin planet mount

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Figure 4

Typical layout of an asymmetric flexible pin design straddle carrier using eight planets




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