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A Numerical Approach to Calculation of Load Sharing in Planetary Gear Drives

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Alfred N. Montestruc

 Friede and Goldman, Ltd. Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 10375 Richmond Avenue, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77042montestruc@gmail.com


J. Mech. Des 132(1), 014503 (Dec 30, 2009) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4000642 History: Received January 15, 2009; Revised October 13, 2009; Published December 30, 2009; Online December 30, 2009

In AGMA 6123-B06 [2006, “Design Manual for Enclosed Epicyclic Gear Drives,” ANSI/AGMA Paper No. 6123-B06], a specific table is given for estimation of the planet load share factor Kγ, as it is termed in that publication; that table is vague as to the exact relationship of tolerance and load to the value of Kγ. Others have done significant works on the subject of load sharing among planets; a brief review of that work is presented. This work calculates a useful value of Kγ directly from design tolerance values and the torque applied to the carrier, and other factors showing how this can be done. This formulation is designed explicitly for nonfloating systems, but may be adaptable to floating systems. The use of flexible planet pins to improve load sharing is discussed. In addition, treating Kγ as a constant with respect to torque for a given planetary design is shown to be inaccurate.

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Grahic Jump Location
Figure 1

Layout of typical planetary stage

Grahic Jump Location
Figure 2

Spring diagram of planetary stage



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