A popular feature of this course is the interspersing of demonstrations with lectures. The extensive measurement and computer software capabilities of the Gear and Power Transmission Research Laboratory allow us to do this in a simple and non-commercial manner.
On the first day, the lecturers discuss why even perfect gears make noise. They present in both qualitative and quantitative terms how gear design parameters and manufacturing errors affect noise. The concept of gear transmission error, one of the major contributors to gear noise, is developed, and methods of predicting transmission errors from design and manufacturing data are presented. Participants get a clear physical insight into the problems they face and how they may apply course knowledge to help solve their gear noise problems.
On the second day, lecturers concentrate on gear system dynamics and acoustics, transmission error calculations, and advanced signal processing.
The third day's lectures briefly discuss the sources and simulation models of gear rattle and the activities of the Gear and Power Transmission Research Laboratory as well as spending several hours in the case history workshop.
Case History Workshop on Day 3
This novel approach to discussing "real life" gear noise and dynamics problems has been used in this course since its inception. The workshop, which has been lauded by past attendees for its practical flavor, takes place on the third day of the course. The purpose of this workshop is to allow the course instructors and participants to interact and to discuss gear noise and dynamics case histories presented by course attendees. They are asked to present a brief synopsis of problems they have encountered or of a procedure they have used for gear noise analysis and reduction. Possible approaches to solve each problem will be discussed.
Throughout the course, laboratory and computer software demonstrations are used to illustrate gear noise measurement and analysis techniques. The facilities of the Gear and Power Transmission Research Laboratory and the Acoustics and Dynamics Laboratory are used for these demonstrations.
Problem Solving Sessions on Day 4
The sessions on Day 4 are intended to foster interactive problem solving discussions on the following topics.
1. Application of basic concepts covered in the lectures to practical problems attendees may have.
2. Advanced computer modeling methods used for transmission errors, geared system dynamics, gear rattle etc.
3. Experimental methods for casing dynamics, and acoustics, advanced signal processing, transmission error measurement, etc.
4. Discussion of pertinent literature and prior approaches utilized to address difficult problems.
$2,200 per person (valid until August 10, 2016; after that the fee will be $2,400 per person)