Ideal Spiral Bevel Gears—A New Approach to Surface Geometry

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R. L. Huston

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221

J. J. Coy

Propulsion Laboratory, AVRADCOM Research and Technology Laboratories, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio

J. Mech. Des 103(1), 127-132 (Jan 01, 1981) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254845 History: Received March 01, 1980; Online November 17, 2009


This paper discusses the fundamental geometrical characteristics of spiral bevel gear tooth surfaces. The parametric representation of an ideal spiral bevel tooth is developed. The development is based on the elements of involute geometry, differential geometry, and fundamental gearing kinematics. A foundation is provided for the study of nonideal gears and the effects of deviations from ideal geometry on the contact stresses, lubrication, wear, fatigue life, and gearing kinematics.

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