Improving Gerotor Pump Performance Trough Design, Modeling and Simulation
Gerotor pumps are well known by a compact design, simple structure and low noise level, which makes them suitable for use in the automotive industry, and especially in hydraulic systems for engine lubrication. One of the main disadvantages of gerotor pumps is the inability to adjust to wear, which significantly reduces the pump efficiency. In order to mitigate the negative effect of the inevitable wear process, this paper presents a methodology for determining the optimal combination of trochoid gears design parameters for a defined aspect. An appropriate mathematical model has been developed to analyze the effect of changes in gear design parameters in relation to maximum contact stresses, pressure changes in gerotor pump chambers and wear rate proportional factor (WRPF). Verification of the developed models was performed by realizing physical pairs of gears and laboratory experiments with simulation of pump operating conditions. The results and conclusions presented in this paper, with an emphasis on the actual work processes, bring very important perspectives for the gerotor pumps design with improved performance.
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