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1 Vibration and Operational Characteristics of a Composite-Steel (Hybrid) Gear (December 2017)

Free vibration and dynamic operation testing of hybrid gears at NASA Glenn Spur Gear Fatigue Test Facility; hybrid gears are compared to their steel counterparts.

2 Major Tom Meets Rocket Man (February 2012)

NASA launches Third Rock Radio.

3 He Shoots, He Scores! (April 2016)

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as scoring a goal. Here at Power Transmission Engineering, our goal is to provide you with as much relevant educational and technical material as possible, and every issue we strive to cover the subjects of power transmission and motion control from as many different angles as possible, so that no matter your job title, and no matter your industry, if gears, bearings, motors and related components are important to you, we’ve got you covered.

4 No Regrets Over Lost Opportunity (March 2019)

It was recently announced that the planet Mars has at least one thing in common with planet Earth: all good things come to an end. In this case, the good thing is the recently announced and documented (Feb. 12) demise of the Mars rover Opportunity.

5 Getting a Piece of that Sweet Coupling Pie (December 2014)

He was out. Nine years ago, Ross Rivard left the coupling industry for the shimmering new world of luxury automotive components at Lacks Enterprises, where he was immediately enveloped by platinum trim systems and chrome composite wheels. It was glitz and glam and as sparkly clean as the fresh-fromthe-dealership cars his products were embellished onto.

6 Whats In a Meme (April 2015)

Rosetta Mission mixes with Maxon, Kim K for one unforgettable photo

7 Nasa Glenn Research Center - A Look Back (April 2016)

In 1941, the federal Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory set up shop in Cleveland, Ohio. This year, and several name changes later, what is now the NASA Glenn Research Center celebrates its 75th anniversary. As part of the year-long festivities, Glenn’s adjunct Lewis Field main campus will be open to the public May 21 and 22, and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio will hold its open house June 11 and 12.

8 Documentation of Gearbox Reliability - An Upcoming Demand (June 2019)

The proof of the reliability of a gear drive is now an additional requirement. In Europe, the acceptance authorities for wind turbines are requesting a system reliability proof from gearbox manufacturers. The AGMA committee reviewing the AGMA 6006 standard for wind turbines is considering adding a chapter about design for reliability. However, reliability considerations are not new; NASA, for example, was in the 1980s using reliability concepts for gear drives.

9 Gear Design Effects on Performance of High-Speed Helical Geartrains as Used in Aerospace Drive Systems (March 2016)

The performance of high-speed helical geartrains is of particular importance for tiltrotor aircraft drive systems. These drive systems are used to provide speed reduction/torque multiplication from the gas turbine output shaft and provide the necessary offset between these parallel shafts in the aircraft. Four different design configurations have been tested in the NASA Glenn Research Center, High-Speed Helical Geartrain Test Facility. The design configurations included the current aircraft design, current design with isotropic superfinished gear surfaces, double-helical design (inward and outward pumping), increased pitch (finer teeth), and an increased helix angle. All designs were tested at multiple input shaft speeds (up to 15,000 rpm) and applied power (up to 5,000 hp). Also two lubrication, system-related, variables were tested: oil inlet temperature (160–250° F) and lubricating jet pressure (60–80 psig). Experimental data recorded from these tests included power loss of the helical system under study, the temperature increase of the lubricant from inlet to outlet of the drive system and fling-off temperatures (radially and axially). Also, all gear systems were tested with and without shrouds around the gears.

10 Who Needs a Social Life When You Can Mine the Moon (February 2009)

Dust, soil broken rock and other related materials that blanket planetary surfaces—known as regolith—have great potential to contribute to space observation research, but the physical properties of lunar regolith are unique and very difficult to excavate from a technical perspective. A group of students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, dubbed the Lunar Miners, decided to step up to the plate—that is, by entering the 2008 NASA Regolith Excavation Challenge.

11 Cruising with Curiosity (December 2012)

Power Transmission Components from Forest City Gear, Kaydon Bearings and Maxon Motors help power NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover.

12 Destination Mars! (June 2014)

NASA is building a flying saucer.

News Items About NASA

1 SDP/SI Donates Components to NASA Challenge (March 28, 2013)
Stock Drive Products / Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI) recently announced the donation of components to Team SpacePRIDE for the NASA Lunar ...

2 Former NASA Director to Offer Keynote at Siemens Automation Summit (May 16, 2013)
Doug McCuistion, former director of the Mars Exploration Program for NASA, will be the keynote speaker during Siemens 2013 Automation Sum...

3 Bosch Rexroth Supplies NASA with Components (January 7, 2014)
NASA is currently working on a high-tech parachute so that delicate measurement instruments can land gently on Mars. These “low den...

4 Robert F. Handschuh Ends 35-Year Career at NASA Glenn Research Center (March 20, 2019)
Dr. Robert F. Handschuh has retired from NASA, concluding a more than 35-year distinguished career as the Chief of the Rotating and Drive...