Effect of Shaft-bearing Configurations on Spiral Bevel Gear Mesh and Dynamics
Spiral bevel gear dynamics are significantly affected by the flexibilities of shafts and bearings. In this study, a new shaft-bearing model has been proposed for computing the effective support stiffness. The results are applied to the lumped parameter dynamic model of spiral bevel geared rotor system with 3-bearing straddle-mounted pinion configuration. Also, using the multi-degree of freedom lumped parameter dynamic model and quasi-static three-dimensional finite element tooth contact analysis program, the responses of two typical shaft-bearing configurations used in automotive applications, that are the 3-bearing straddle mounted pinion configuration and the 2-bearing overhung mounted pinion configuration, are compared. The comparative analysis along with a set of parametric studies highlights their different contributions to the spiral bevel gear mesh characteristics and dynamic response.