There are many variables in gear couplings that can affect their characteristics, including tooth design, materials, and lubrication methods. All couplings react on connected equipment. A system designer must consider these reactions. If a gear coupling is chosen, there are many characteristics that are difficult to predict; therefore, one must conservatively estimate the maximum forces and moments that can be anticipated. This usually will make the system rather large, and heavier than may be required. The diaphragm coupling usually has more predictable coupling characteristics, which can make a designer's life easier. This paper compares the characteristics of diaphragm couplings versus the gear (dental) type couplings in marine applications. Applications of couplings for main propulsion and auxiliary equipment are discussed. The methods used to analyze the design and calculate the forces and moments generated by both the gear coupling and the diaphragm coupling are also provided. These analyses are used to show that the forces and moments generated by a diaphragm coupling are not only predictable, but are usually lower than those of a gear coupling. It is shown that a diaphragm coupling can provide a more predictable and reliable alternative to the gear coupling for advanced marine applications.

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    • Journal article
  • Authors:
    • Mancuso, J R
    • Paluh, J H
  • Publication Date: 1988-10

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 12 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00656149
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM