Worm gear with adjustable gear ratio and friction losses

Simscape / Driveline / Gears

The block represents a rotational gear that constrains the two connected driveline
axes, worm (W) and gear (G), to rotate together in a fixed ratio that you specify. You
can choose whether the gear rotates in a positive or negative direction. Right-handed
rotation is the positive direction. If the worm thread is right-handed,
*ω*_{W} and
*ω*_{G} have the same sign. If the worm thread
is left-handed, *ω*_{W} and
*ω*_{G} have opposite signs.

You can model the effects of heat flow and temperature change through an optional thermal
conserving port. By default, the thermal port is hidden. To expose the thermal port,
right-click the block in your model and, from the context menu, select **Simscape** > **Block choices**. Select a variant that includes a thermal port. Specify the associated thermal
parameters for the component.

R_{WG} | Gear ratio |

ω_{W} | Worm angular velocity |

ω_{G} | Gear angular velocity |

α | Normal pressure angle |

λ | Worm lead angle |

L | Worm lead |

d | Worm pitch diameter |

τ_{G} | Gear torque |

τ_{W} | Torque on the worm |

τ_{loss} | Torque loss due to meshing friction. The loss depends on the
device efficiency and the power flow direction. To avoid abrupt change
of the friction torque at ω_{G} =
0, the friction torque is introduced via the hyperbolic function. |

τ_{fr} | Steady-state value of the friction torque at ω_{G} →
∞. |

k | Friction coefficient |

η_{WG} | Torque transfer efficiency from worm to gear |

η_{GW} | Torque transfer efficiency from gear to worm |

p_{th} | Power threshold |

[ | Vector of viscous friction coefficients for the worm and gear |

Worm gear imposes one kinematic constraint on the two connected axes:

*ω*_{W} = *R*_{WG}*ω*_{G} .

The two degrees of freedom are reduced to one independent degree of freedom. The forward-transfer gear pair convention is (1,2) = (W,G).

The torque transfer is:

*R*_{WG}*τ*_{W} – *τ*_{G} – *τ*_{loss} =
0 ,

with *τ*_{loss} =
0 in the ideal case.

In the nonideal case, *τ*_{loss} ≠
0. For general considerations on nonideal gear
modeling, see Model Gears with Losses.

In the contact friction case, *η*_{WG} and *η*_{GW} are
determined by:

The worm-gear threading geometry, specified by lead angle

*λ*and normal pressure angle*α*.The surface contact friction coefficient

*k*.

*η*_{WG} =
(cos*α* – *k*·tan*λ*)/(cos*α* + *k*/tan*λ*)
,

*η*_{GW} =
(cos*α* – *k*/tan*λ*)/(cos*α* + *k*·tan*λ*)
.

In the constant friction case, you specify *η*_{WG} and *η*_{GW},
independently of geometric details.

*η*_{GW} has two
distinct regimes, depending on lead angle *λ*,
separated by the *self-locking point* at which *η*_{GW} =
0 and cos*α* = *k*/tan*λ*.

In the

*overhauling regime*,*η*_{GW}> 0, and the force acting on the nut can rotate the screw.In the

*self-locking regime*,*η*_{GW}< 0, and an external torque must be applied to the screw to release an otherwise locked mechanism. The more negative is*η*_{GW}, the larger the torque must be to release the mechanism.

*η*_{WG} is conventionally
positive.

The efficiencies *η* of meshing between
worm and gear are fully active only if the transmitted power is greater
than the power threshold.

If the power is less than the threshold, the actual efficiency is automatically regularized to unity at zero velocity.

The viscous friction coefficient *μ*_{W} controls
the viscous friction torque experienced by the worm from lubricated,
nonideal gear threads and viscous bearing losses. The viscous friction
torque on a worm driveline axis is –*μ*_{W}*ω*_{W}. *ω*_{W} is
the angular velocity of the worm with respect to its mounting.

The viscous friction coefficient *μ*_{G} controls
the viscous friction torque experienced by the gear, mainly from viscous
bearing losses. The viscous friction torque on a gear driveline axis
is –*μ*_{G}*ω*_{G}. *ω*_{G} is
the angular velocity of the gear with respect to its mounting.

Gear inertia is assumed negligible.

Gears are treated as rigid components.

Coulomb friction slows down simulation. See Adjust Model Fidelity.

Port | Description |
---|---|

W | Rotational conserving port representing the worm component |

G | Rotational conserving port representing the gear component |

H | Thermal conserving port for thermal modeling |

**Gear ratio**Gear or transmission ratio

*R*determined as the ratio of the worm angular velocity to the gear angular velocity. The default is_{WG}`25`

.**Worm thread type**Choose the directional sense of gear rotation corresponding to positive worm rotation. The default is

`Right-handed`

. If you select`Left-handed`

, rotation of the worm in the generally-assigned positive direction results in the gear rotation in negative direction.

Parameters for friction losses vary with the block variant chosen—that with a thermal port for thermal modeling or that without a thermal port.

**Viscous friction coefficients at worm (W) and gear (G)**Vector of viscous friction coefficients [

*μ*_{W}*μ*_{G}], for the worm and gear, respectively. The default is`[0 0]`

.From the drop-down list, choose units. The default is newton-meters/(radians/second) (

`N*m/(rad/s)`

).

**Thermal mass**Thermal energy required to change the component temperature by a single degree. The greater the thermal mass, the more resistant the component is to temperature change. The default value is

`50`

J/K.**Initial temperature**Component temperature at the start of simulation. The initial temperature alters the component efficiency according to an efficiency vector that you specify, affecting the starting meshing or friction losses. The default value is

`300`

K.

For optimal simulation performance, use the **Friction Losses** > **Friction model** parameter default setting, ```
No friction losses - Suitable
for HIL simulation
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.

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