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Advancing rocket propulsion through Additive Manufacturing, novel surface finishing technologies and public-private partnerships

Whilst Additive Manufacturing is undoubtedly having a huge impact on the design and manufacture of rocket propulsion systems, most notably combustion chambers and nozzles, the Achilles’ heel of all AM process is currently as-built surface finish.

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Gear Repair for Helicopters and Wind Turbines via Isotropic Superfinishing

The wind turbine, aerospace, and helicopter gear industries recognize the importance of surface finish and surface texture for maximizing component and system performance.

Gear Repair for Helicopters and Wind Turbines via Isotropic Superfinishing

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Materials Matter: Wind Turbine Gear Repair

Wind turbine gearbox durability has improved significantly over the past ten years. The days of early gearbox failure due to epidemic micropitting are largely in the past.

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Materials Matter: Power Density and Isotropic Superfinishing

Power density, also described as load-carrying capacity, is simply the amount of load that can be safely transferred by a gear or other power transfer component without failure.

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Materials Matter: Roughness Measurement of Precision Gear Teeth

Over the past 25 years, industries such as power generation, aerospace, automotive, and others have continuously increased the operational demands of gearboxes.

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Materials Matter: Gear Surfaces and Operational Performance

In the search for increased performance and durability, gear and bearing design has sought to make use of improved steel grades combined with enhanced heat treatment techniques.

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Materials Matter: Isotropic Superfinishing

Increasingly stringent operational requirements from customers coupled with enhanced global technical standards have heightened the focus of gear designers on a wide array of parameters that historically would have been of secondary consideration; one such design parameter is surface finish.

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Materials Matter: Optimizing Performance with Surface Finish and Lubrication

Materials and manufacturing processes have evolved to generate lighter, stronger, and more robust components to meet the demand for more efficient, highly loaded mechanical systems.

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Materials Matter: The Gear Drawing Roughness Specification

In the January Materials Matter column, “Roughness Measurement of Precision Gear Teeth,” the importance of accurate and repeatable roughness measurement of precision gear teeth flanks was explained.

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Superfinishing and its Effect on Micropitting

Micropitting is a prominent failure mechanism for both highly stressed case carburized gears and bearings that operate consistently in low speed, low load environments where boundary conditions predominate.

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The Impact of Surface Condition and Lubricant on Gear Tooth Friction

Frictional losses in gear boxes are of significant interest to gear box designers as these losses transform into heat.  The direct result is a reduction in the fuel efficiency of the vehicle involved.

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An Evaluation of the New Rapid ISF® Process for Rear-Axle Gears

The benefits gained by Superfinishing rear-axle gearsets using traditional chemically accelerated vibratory finishing is well documented.

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Superfinishing Rear Axle Gears – A Significant Step Toward Reducing Automotive Greenhouse Gas Emissions

New regulations make it imperative that the European and US automotive industries meet strict, lower greenhouse gas emission standards.

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Comparative Corrosion Characteristics of Ground and Superfinished Gear Steels

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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