Elastic-plastic finite element analysis of spall formation in gears

Yan Ding, Rhys Jones, Bruce T. Kuhnell

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This paper presents the results of an elastic-plastic finite element analysis of the behaviour of subsurface cracks beneath the pitch line of a gear tooth. Attention is focused on the potential for a ligament collapse spalling mechanism as hypothesised by the authors (Y. Ding, R. Jones and B.T. Kuhnell, Wear, 185 (1995) 141-149). The detailed numerical results from this elastic-plastic finite element analysis are compared with that of a previous linear elastic finite element analysis reported in the above article, and it is shown that the results are in qualitative agreement with the previous linear elastic analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-205
Number of pages9
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Elastic-plastic finite element analysis
  • Gear teeth contact
  • Ligament collapse
  • Spalling
  • Subsurface crack

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