Prediction and optimization of hobbing gear geometric deviations

Shouli Sun, Shilong Wang, Yawen Wang, Teik C. Lim, Yong Yang

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Hobbing is a precision gear manufacturing process with high efficiency and low cost. High precision gears are essential components for high-end equipment to meet the requirement of extreme operation conditions. In order to further improve the precision of gear hobbing process as well as lower the gear manufacturing cost, this paper proposes a model for predicting the hobbing gear geometric deviations and optimizing the hobbing processing technique. The relationship between gear hobbing processing technique and gear geometric deviation is modeled applying the improved Particle Swarm Optimization and Back Propagation algorithm. The performance of the proposed method is compared with the existing optimization and back propagation method and validated by experiments. The accuracy of both algorithms is evaluated by the Root Mean Square Error between the predicted and experimental values. The result shows that the gear geometric deviations predicted by the proposed algorithm yields better performance and are in reasonably good agreement with experimental data. Employing the proposed model, the gear hobbing process parameters can be optimized to minimize gear geometric errors, and thus improve the gear manufacturing precision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-301
Number of pages14
JournalMechanism and Machine Theory
StatePublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Gear geometric deviation
  • Gear hobbing process
  • IPSO-BP neural network algorithm
  • Parameters optimization
  • Precision prediction


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