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Influence of Gear Loads on Spline Couplings - February 2014

C.H. Wink, M. Nakandakar

The article "Influence of Gear Loads on Spline Couplings" appeared in the February 2014 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

Summary
Involute splines are commonly used in gearboxes to connect gears and shafts, especially when high torque is transmitted through the coupling. The load is shared among multiple teeth around the coupling circumference, resulting in higher load capacity than a conventional single key. However, the total load is not equally shared among all spline teeth, mainly because of pitch deviations resulting from the manufacturing process. The load distribution along the spline engagement length is also nonuniform because of tooth misalignments and shaft torsional effects. This paper presents an investigation of the influence of spur gear loads on the load distribution of spline teeth.

Keywords
couplings, splines, spline couplings, misalignment, Eaton Corp.

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