2003 Volume 69 Issue 680 Pages 1086-1093
This paper describes the power loss of bevel gear drives. We measured the friction loss and the churning loss of a straight bevel gear and a spiral bevel gear using a power circulating-type bevel gear testing machine, with the oil immersion method which is based on the oil temperature rise caused by the power loss in the gear drives. It was found that the friction loss of the straight bevel gear is larger than that of the spiral bevel gear, and the gear friction loss ratio of the bevel gears decreases with the increase in the gear torque. Furthermore, we calculated the gear friction loss and the churning loss of the bevel gear drives. The calculated value agreed approximately with the experimental data.