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Bevel Gear Constraint

Kinematic constraint between two bevel gear bodies with angled intersecting rotation axes

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  • Gears and Couplings / Gears

Description

The Bevel Gear Constraint block represents a kinematic constraint between two gear bodies with intersecting rotation axes held at a specified angle. The base and follower frame ports identify the connection frames on the gear bodies. The gear rotation axes coincide with the connection frame z-axes. The gears rotate at a fixed velocity ratio determined by the gear pitch radii.

The block represents only the kinematic constraint characteristic to a bevel gear system. Gear inertia and geometry are solid properties that you must specify using Solid blocks. The gear constraint model is ideal. Backlash and gear losses due to Coulomb and viscous friction between teeth are ignored. You can, however, model viscous friction at joints by specifying damping coefficients in the joint blocks.

Gear Geometry

The bevel gear constraint is parameterized in terms of the dimensions of the gear pitch circles. The pitch circles are imaginary circles concentric with the gear bodies and tangent to the tooth contact point. The pitch radii, labeled RB and RF in the figure, are the outer radii that the gears would have if they were reduced to friction cones in mutual contact.

Gear Assembly

Gear constraints occur in closed kinematic loops. The figure shows the closed-loop topology of a simple bevel gear model. Joint blocks connect the gear bodies to a common fixture or carrier, defining the maximum degrees of freedom between them. A Bevel Gear Constraint block connects the gear bodies, eliminating one degree of freedom and effectively coupling the gear motions.

Assembly Requirements

The block imposes special restrictions on the relative positions and orientations of the gear connection frames. The restrictions ensure that the gears assemble only at distances and angles suitable for meshing. The block enforces the restrictions during model assembly, when it first attempts to place the gears in mesh, but relies on the remainder of the model to keep the gears in mesh during simulation.

Position Restrictions

  • The distance between the base and follower frame origins must be such that, at the given shaft angle and pitch radii, the gear pitch circles are tangent to each other. This distance, denoted dB-F, follows from the law of cosines:

    dBF=RB2+RF22RBRFcos(πθ),

    where RB is the pitch radius of the base gear, RF is the pitch radius of the follower gear, and θShaft is the intersection angle between the rotation axes.

  • The distance between the base and follower frame origins along the z-axis of the base frame, denoted ΔzB, must be equal to:

    ΔzB=RF·sin(θShaft)

  • The distance between the base and follower frame origins along the z-axis of the follower frame, denoted ΔzF, must be equal to:

    ΔzF=RB·sin(θShaft)

Orientation Restrictions

  • The imaginary lines extending from the base and follower z-axes must intersect at the shaft angle set in the block dialog box. The angle is denoted θB-F in the figure. If the Shaft Axes parameter is set to Perpendicular, the angle is 90°.

C/C++ Code Generation

This block supports code generation for real-time simulation tasks. Certain blocks and block settings may be more suitable for simulation on a real-time device. For suggestions on how to improve real-time simulation performance, use the Simulink® Performance Advisor (Simulink). Suggestions include ways to reduce model complexity where helpful and to decrease numerical stiffness.

Select Analysis > Performance Tools > Performance Advisor in the Simulink menu bar to open the Performance Advisor. Set the Activity parameter to Execute real-time application to view suggestions specific to real-time simulation performance. Expand the Real-Time node in the tree view pane to select performance checks specific to Simscape™ products.

Ports

Frame

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Connection frame on the base bevel gear

Connection frame on the follower bevel gear

Parameters

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Radius of the base gear pitch circle. The pitch circle is concentric with the gear and tangent to the tooth contact points. The gear radii impact the torque transmission between the base and follower gear bodies.

Radius of the follower gear pitch circle. The pitch circle is concentric with the gear and tangent to the tooth contact points. The gear radii impact the torque transmission between the base and follower gear bodies.

Parameterization for the intersection angle between the bevel gear shafts. Select Perpendicular to align the gear shafts at a right angle. Select Arbitrarily Oriented to align the gear shafts at any angle from 0 to 180 deg.

Angle between the imaginary lines extending from the base and follower frame z-axes. The angle must in the range of 0180 deg. The actual angle between the base and follower gears, typically set through rigid transforms, joints, and occasionally other constraints, must be the same as that specified here.

Dependencies

This parameter is enabled when the Shaft Axes parameter is set to Arbitrarily Oriented.

Introduced in R2013b

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