Surface Engineering

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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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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Roughness Measurement Tips: The Scratch Pad

Posted by on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 in

From the perspective of the shop floor environment, the previous Materials Matter column “Roughness Measurement Tips: 2 V 5” discussed the contact stylus 2-micron radius tip versus a 5-micron radius tip....

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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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Vibratory Media Compositions vs. Attrition and Density

Posted by on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 in

The third in our multi-part series on vibratory processing of gears is focused on understanding how media of different compositions have varying attrition rates and densities, and why these are important in vibratory finishing of gears. ...

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Materials Matter : Surface Finishing Rotorcraft Gearing

Posted by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 in

Rotorcraft gearboxes are designed with the utmost precision to withstand the tremendous demand and loads required to convert thousands of horsepower and RPM into hundreds of RPM and lift torque....

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Comparative Corrosion Characteristics of Ground and Superfinished Gear Steels

Posted by on Friday, November 15th, 2013 in

The described effort was undertaken to assess the impact of the isotropic superfinishing (ISF®) process on the corrosion resistance of a variety of gear steels....

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