Browse Publications Technical Papers 2006-01-0385
2006-04-03

Opportunities to Replace Wrought Gears With High Performance PM Gears in Automotive Applications 2006-01-0385

The past decades have seen a continuous growth of the use of PM parts in automotive applications. However, the performance requirements the components must meet are more and more demanding. Transmission gears for automotive applications are complex in shape and require both very high geometrical accuracy in terms of gear quality and very high mechanical performance in terms of durability of tooth flank and root. Powder metallurgy is very cost effective for complex shaped parts and by adding a selective densification of the teeth the accuracy and mechanical performance requirements can be met at a very low added cost.
In this paper a process route consisting of compaction, sintering, surface densification by rolling and finally heat treatment have been studied to assess the feasibility of producing transmission gears by powder metallurgy. Helical and spur gears were used in the study where the densification as well as the resulting gear quality and durability were tested.

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