%0 Journal Article
	%A James Kuria and  John Kihiu
	%D 2011
	%J International Journal of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
	%B World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
	%I Open Science Index 50, 2011
	%T Prediction of Overall Efficiency in Multistage Gear Trains
	%U https://publications.waset.org/pdf/10930
	%V 50
	%X A mathematical model for determining the overall efficiency
of a multistage tractor gearbox including all gear, lubricant,
surface finish related parameters and operating conditions is
presented. Sliding friction, rolling friction and windage losses were
considered as the main sources of power loss in the gearing system. A
computer code in FORTRAN was developed to simulate the model.
Sliding friction contributes about 98% of the total power loss for
gear trains operating at relatively low speeds (less than 2000 rpm
input speed). Rolling frictional losses decrease with increased load
while windage losses are only significant for gears running at very
high speeds (greater than 3000 rpm). The results also showed that the
overall efficiency varies over the path of contact of the gear meshes
ranging between 94% to 99.5%.
	%P 300 - 306