This work concerns external gear pumps for automotive applications, which operate at high speed and low pressure. In previous works of the authors (Part I and II, ), a non-linear lumped-parameter kineto-elastodynamic model for the prediction of the dynamic behaviour of external gear pumps was presented. It takes into account the most important phenomena involved in the operation of this kind of machine. The two main sources of noise and vibration are considered: pressure pulsation and gear meshing. The model has been used in order to foresee the influence of working conditions and design modifications on vibration generation. The model’s experimental validation is a difficult task. Thus, Part III proposes a novel methodology for the validation carried out by the comparison of simulations and experimental results concerning forces and moments: it deals with the external and inertial components acting on the gears, estimated by the model, and the reactions and inertial components on the pump casing and the test plate, obtained by measurements. The validation is carried out comparing the level of the time synchronous average in the time domain and the waterfall maps in the frequency domain, with particular attention to identify system resonances. The validation results are satisfactory globally, but discrepancies are still present. Moreover, the assessed model has been properly modified for the application to a new virtual pump prototype with helical gears in order to foresee gear accelerations and dynamic forces. Part IV is focused on improvements in the modelling and analysis of the phenomena bound to the pressure evolution around the gears in order to achieve results closer to the measured values. As a matter of fact, the simulation results have shown that a variable meshing stiffness has a notable contribution on the dynamic behaviour of the pump but this is not as important as the pressure phenomena. As a consequence, the original model was modified with the aim at improving the calculation of pressure forces and torques. The improved pressure formulation includes several phenomena not considered in the previous one, such as the variable pressure evolution at input and output ports, as well as an accurate description of the trapped volume and its connections with high and low pressure chambers. The importance of these improvements are highlighted by comparison with experimental results, showing satisfactory matching.
|Titolo:||Elasto-dynamic analysis of a gear pump–Part IV: Improvement in the pressure distribution modelling|
MUCCHI, Emiliano (Primo) (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista|