Surface Durability

Scratching the Surface: How Surface Engineering Fills in the Gaps that AM Leaves Behind

Posted by on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 in

Prior to 3D printing’s arrival on the manufacturing scene, the US military supply chain was often met with lengthy and arduous timelines for critical asset production. This not only stalled the manufacture and repair of essential equipment within t...

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Case Study of ISO/TS 6336-22 Micropitting Calculation

Posted by on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 in

ISO/TS 6336-22 (Calculation of load capacity of spur and helical gears — Part 22: Calculation of micropitting load capacity) is the ISO technical specification containing a proposal for a calculation for the risk of micropitting in gear sets....

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Mechanical Paste Polishing vs. CAVF Finishing of Gears

Posted by on Monday, August 3rd, 2020 in

A recent Materials Matter article compared generic deburring versus CAVF (chemically accelerated vibratory finishing.) Both techniques are conducted in a vibratory unit....

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The Challenges of Generic Deburring vs. CAVF Deburring

Posted by on Sunday, July 19th, 2020 in

Relative to gear hobbing, shaving, and/or post heat-treat grinding to generate accurate tooth morphology there may come a time wherein vibratory deburring is a requirement to remove adherent burrs. ...

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Metal Finishing for 3D Printed Parts Webinar – Part 8 – LATTICE BRACELET

Posted by on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 in

Metal Finishing for 3D Printed Parts While many can be put into operation as sintered, there are a number of […]...

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Metal Finishing for 3D Printed Parts Webinar – Part 5 – FINGER SPLINTS

Posted by on Monday, July 6th, 2020 in

Metal Finishing for 3D Printed Parts While many can be put into operation as sintered, there are a number of […]...

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Changes Ahead in the Roughness Standards

Posted by on Friday, May 15th, 2020 in

I have written numerous articles on tooth flank surface roughness measurement. This is such a page-turner of a subject!...

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Metal Finishing for 3D Printed Parts Webinar – Part 6 – SHOCK ABSORBER PISTON

Posted by on Monday, July 6th, 2020 in

Metal Finishing for 3D Printed Parts While many can be put into operation as sintered, there are a number of […]...

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Materials Matter : Roughness Measurement: Optical vs. Contact Stylus Profilometry

Posted by on Sunday, April 19th, 2020 in

Optical profilometry will become an important tool for predicting gear performance with more research and development of an objective lens to fit into tooth spaces....

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Report of the Condition of a General Electric Transportation Systems Gearbox

Posted by on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 in

Wind power plant operation and maintenance (O&M) costs remain an appreciable contributor to the overall cost of wind energy, with a capacity-weighted average of $11/megawatt-hour (MWh) for projects installed since 2000 and $9/MWh for projects install...

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Materials Matter : Roughness Measurement Tips: Calibration, the Razor Blade Test

Posted by on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 in

If a problem is found with a contact stylus profilometer during routine check with a Rubert-Song specimen, do a little troubleshooting before sending it off for calibration and recertification....

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A Comparison of Surface Roughness Measurement Methods for Gear Tooth Working Surfaces

Posted by on Friday, October 25th, 2019 in

Surface roughness is a critical parameter for gears operating under a variety of conditions. It directly influences friction and contact temperature, and therefore has an impact on various failure modes such as macropitting, micropitting and scuffing...

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