Material Selection Process for Bevel Gear

Selecting an engineering material for any engineered product is a regular process in any engineering design task. Material selection has a special importance in engineering design tasks as it will define the performance of the product designed. Material selection process is not so simple; it usually consists of many steps which mostly depend on the importance or value of the produce being designed.
Following are some of the steps of material selection process which are usually followed in regular designing tasks
1.      Establishing Selection Criteria
2.      Short listing material by literature review
3.      Evaluate material on selection criteria
4.      Selecting best material

4.1 Establishing selection criteria

In material selection process for any engineering design task, establishing selection criteria is first step in which a selection criteria for material selection is establish and usually it consist of properties required to full fill design requirements. Following are the some of the criteria on which all materials will be selected.
·         Mechanical Properties
·         Manufacturing Properties
·         Environmental Properties
·         Economical Aspects
·         Availability Issue
Mechanical properties have first position in selection criterial as they will define mass, strength and performance of the product. After mechanical properties manufacturing properties of material are test as they will define the proper manufacturing process and the cost of the manufacturing process of product and thus will affect the final cost of the product. Environmental properties are third in selection criteria as they will define the environmental effect of material from which the produce will be manufacturing. It is very important to select a material that effect the environmental lest during its life span and death period. Economical aspects material will define the cost of raw material and will have great impact of the final cost of the product. Material cost should be kept as low as possible in order to keep the final product low and make the product cost effective. Availability issue is also very important is material selection the selected material should be easily available in local market. This will reduce the transportation cost and will save a lot of time required for material transportation.

4.2 Short listing materials

There are slot of materials that have the required potential to be used as base material for a particular product production. It is very difficult to study each and every material available for product. So make this process easy, usually three to four materials are short listed form all available materials and this is done by studying similar products.

4.3 Material Evaluation

All short list materials are evaluated on the base of selection criteria establish for a particular product. Marks or points are given to each material based on its performance in each and every field of selection criteria. Material are arranged on descending sequence based on their overall marks

4.4 Selection

In most of cases first material is selected for the production of product but in some case first two material or one which easy available is used for production.

5.0 Material selection process

Material selection process will be conducted for gears based on the instruction provided above.

5.1 Selection criteria

1.1     5.1.1 Mechanical Properties

Mechanical properties have first position in selection criterial as they will define mass, strength and performance of the product. There are about 22 mechanical properties that any engineering material can have and from all of these properties following the few which will affect the performance of the gear.
·         Density
·         Strength
·         Ductility
·         Wear and Tear resistance

1.2     5.1.2 Manufacturing properties

Manufacturing properties are very important for cost effective manufacturing of product. In selection criteria they have considerable weightage. Machinability, cast ability and malleability are some of the manufacturing properties which material should have for cost effective manufacturing of gears

1.3     5.1.3 Environmental properties

With increase awareness in environmental protection selecting material which did not affect or have least affect from the available material on environment is becoming more important. Following are some of environmental properties for which any material should have minimum value.
·         Embodied energy
·         CO2 footprints
Embodied energy is energy used for any material during its extraction, refining, manufacturing, transportation and decomposition. More the embodied energy any material will have more it will affect the environment. CO2 foot prints means the amount of carbon dioxide any material will release during its life time. A good material should have minimum CO2 foot prints.

1.4     5.1.4 Economical aspects

In order to make a cost effective product, material selected for that product should be cost effective. So the selected material should have lowest cost from all the available materials

1.5     5.5.5 Availability

Material selected for the manufacturing of any product should be easily available in local market in order to minimize the transportation cost associated material.

5.2 Material short listing

There are a lot of materials that can be used for manufacturing gears but out of all those material following three are the most common materials used for gear manufacturing.
·         Alloy Steel
·         Bronze
·         Aluminum Alloy

5.3 Material Evaluation

1.6     5.3.1 Mechanical properties

Table 6 Mechanical properties
Yield Strength
Wear Resistance
Alloy Steel
Aluminum Alloy

1.7     5.3.2 Manufacturing properties

As gears are mainly manufactured by machining process called hobbing, so only machine-ability will be consider.
Table 7 Manufacturing properties
Machine ability
Alloy Steel
Aluminum Alloy

1.8     5.3.3 Environmental properties

Table 8 environmental properties
Embodied Energy
CO2 Foot Prints
Alloy Steel
Aluminum Alloy

1.9     5.3.4 Economical Aspects

Table 9 economical aspects
Cost $/lb
Alloy Steel
Aluminum Alloy

1.10       5.3.5 Availability

Table 10 availability
Alloy Steel
Aluminum Alloy

5.4 Selection

Based on the evaluation shown above Alloy Steel is the best material for this project as it has highest yield strength, high wear resistance, lowest embodied energy, lowest CO2 foot prints and lowest cost. So Alloy Steel is the material select for manufacturing of gears.

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