Creative Design of Epicyclic Gear Trains Using Number Synthesis

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R. C. Johnson

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.

K. Towfigh

Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

J. Eng. Ind 89(2), 309-314 (May 01, 1967) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3610045 History: Received July 20, 1966; Online August 25, 2011


The following paper applies the theory of number synthesis to the creative design of epicyclic gear trains. First, the associated linkage of an existing epicyclic gear train is derived as an initial step of analysis. Next, the requirements for an acceptable associated linkage are established. Finally, epicyclic gear trains are derived by number synthesis from acceptable associated linkages up to and including the degree of complexity of eight links.

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