This paper aims to investigate the grease isothermal lubrication properties of the tripod sliding universal coupling (TSUC) in automotive transmission shaft and study its impact on a variety of factors to improve its grease lubrication properties.
Based on the simplified geometrical model, the research of grease lubrication properties of the TSUC was analyzed, and compared with oil lubrication in same parameters. Then the effects of effective radius, frequency (vehicle speed) and amplitude (angle between intermediate shaft and input shaft) on grease isothermal lubrication properties are theoretically investigated by using multigrid methods.
The results indicate that the grease isothermal elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) film thickness shape and pressure distribution shape of the TSUC are similar to the oil lubrication, but the film thickness of grease lubrication is less than that of oil lubrication. Higher effective radius results in a wider pressure distribution, a lower center pressure and a thicker lubricating film. Higher frequency (vehicle speed) results in a remarkable second pressure peak and a thicker lubricating film. The effects of amplitude (angle between intermediate shaft and input shaft) and frequency have similar tendencies.
The numerical analysis research on grease lubrication properties of the TSUC is significant because the automotive transmission shaft is widely used. And it provides a new direction in designing TSUCs.
The work is financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (50975147) and Natural Science Foundation of Shandong province (No. ZR2015EM037).
Zhou, Y., Chang, D. and Li, S. (2017), "Analysis on grease lubrication properties of the tripod sliding universal coupling in automotive transmission shaft", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 69 No. 4, pp. 598-604. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-08-2016-0185
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