Experimental study on active gear mesh vibration control

Yuan H. Guan, W. Steve Shepard, Teik C. Lim, Mingfeng Li

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An internal active vibration control system is developed and verified experimentally to suppress gearbox housing vibrations due to gear transmission error excitation. The approach is based on an active shaft transverse vibration control concept. The system contains a piezoelectric stack actuator for applying control forces to the shaft via a rolling element bearing. A modified filtered-x LMS control algorithm with frequency estimation is developed to generate the appropriate control signals. The experimental results show 5-20 dB reduction in the housing vibration at the first two gear mesh harmonics over a wide gear rotation speed range. However, under certain narrow conditions, vibration amplifications at other locations are observed in the experiments, which might be attributed to the system un-modeled dynamics. In spite of this limitation, the approach developed is fairly promising. Studies are being performed to improve the overall performance of the prototype active control system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)366-375
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventSmart Structures and Materials 2004 - Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 15 2004Mar 18 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Active gear vibration control
  • LMS control algorithm


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