2004 Volume 47 Issue 3 Pages 908-915
In this paper, a state-of-the-art contact mechanics model of a planetary gear set is employed to study the effect of a number of manufacturing and assembly related carrier and gear errors on the load sharing amongst the planets. Three different groups of errors are considered: (i) time-invariant, assembly-independent errors such as carrier planet pinhole position errors, (ii) time-invariant, assembly-dependent errors such as planet tooth thickness errors, and (iii) time-varying, assembly-dependent errors such as gear run-out errors. With such errors present, planet load sharing characteristics of an n-planet system (n=3 to 6) is investigated for different piloting configurations under quasi-static conditions. Load sharing behavior as a function of key manufacturing errors is quantified and design guidelines are proposed for better planet load sharing behavior.