Design Optimization of Differential Bevel Gear for NVH Improvement 2019-01-1552
With fast pacing development of automobile industry and growing needs for better driving experience, NVH performance has become an important aspect of analysis in new driveline product development especially in hybrid and electric powered vehicles. Differential bevel gear has significant role in the final drive. Unlike parallel axis gears such as spur or helical gear, bevel gear mesh shows more complicated characteristics and its mesh parameters are mostly time-varying which calls for more extensive design and analysis. The purpose of this paper is to conduct design study on a differential bevel gear unit under light torque condition and evaluate its NVH characteristics. Unloaded tooth contact analysis (UTCA) of those designs are conducted and compared for several design cases with different micro geometry to investigate their pattern position and size variation effects on NVH response. Loaded tooth contact analysis (LTCA) that is based on semi-analytical and semi-FE method is used to compare other mesh parameters such as mesh point, line-of-action (LOA) and mesh stiffness. For experimental study, several 11x16 gear pairs are tested at multiple gear positions to study the robustness of each micro geometry design. Both pattern and transmission error(TE) are correlated and compared. Result of this study proves the effectiveness and accuracy of modeling and supports the design optimization predictions.