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Noncircular Gears: Design and Generation Hardcover – September 14, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521761703 ISBN-10: 0521761700 Edition: 1st
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This book represents the theory of the design and generation of noncircular gears that are usually applied in automatic machines and instruments, for variation of the speed or generation of functions. By using methods of generation similar to those applied to circular gears, different approaches to the design and generation of the main types of noncircular gears (elliptical gears, eccentric circular gears, oval gears, gears with lobes, and twisted gears) have been developed in an effort to extend the application of noncircular gear drives in mechanisms and industry.

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Faydor L. Litvin has been a Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago for the past 30 years after 30 years as a Professor and Department Head of Leningrad Polytechnic University and Leningrad Institute of Precise Mechanics and Optics. Dr Litvin is the author of more than 300 publications (including 10 monographs) as well as the inventor and co-inventor of 25 inventions. Among his many honors Dr Litvin was made Doctor Honoris Causa of Miskolc University, Hungary, in 1999. He was named Inventor of the Year 2001 by the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been awarded 12 NASA Tech Brief awards; the 2001 Thomas Bernard Hall Prize (Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK); and the 2004 Thomas A. Edison Award (ASME). He was elected a Fellow in the ASME and American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA). He has supervised 84 Ph.D. students. In addition to his deep interest in teaching, Dr Litvin has conducted seminal research on the theory of mechanisms and the theory and design of gears.

Alfonso Fuentes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT). He has more than 15 years of teaching experience in machine element design and is the author of more than 65 publications. He was a Visiting Scholar and Research Scientist at the Gear Research Center of the University of Illinois, Chicago from 1999 to 2001. Among his many honors he was awarded the 2001 Thomas Bernard Hall Prize (Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK) and the NASA Tech Brief Award Nº 17596-1 for the development of a new technology - 'New Geometry of Face Worms Gear Drives with Conical and Cylindrical Worms.' He is a member of the editorial boards of Mechanism and Machine Theory, the Open Mechanical Engineering Journal, and Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering. Dr Fuentes is a Member of the AGMA and the ASME. This is his second book.

Ignacio Gonzalez earned his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) in 2003. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Gear Research Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2001 to 2003 and a Visiting Scientist at the Gear Research and Development Department of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., in Japan, in 2005. Dr Gonzalez is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT). He is a Member of the AGMA and the ASME. He received an AGMA student paper award in 2002 and a UPCT research award for his thesis in 2006.

Kenichi Hayasaka graduated from Tohoku University, Japan, in 1977 and earned his master's degree in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of 16 research publications and inventor and co-inventor of 23 inventions. Mr Hayasaka has been a researcher and engineer at Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., since 1977. He is involved in the research and design of gears and transmissions applied in motorcycles and marine propulsion systems and in the development of enhanced computerized design systems for optimizing low-noise and durability of spiral bevel gears, helical gears, and spur gears.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521761700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521761703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,965,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are not a mechanical engineer or machinist, you might be surprised that non circular gears even exist. But as the book makes clear, these have been in operation for several years. It reports on the variety and operating modes of such gears. You can think of the book in part as an extended tour of [largely] two dimensional trigonometry, and the dynamics of interacting rigid bodies.

How a non circular gear interacts and interlocks with another gear, be the latter circular or non circular constitutes the bulk of the text. Many configurations are possible. Including the case of internal gears, where a non circular gear has an internal gap, within which is a smaller gear.

The book also describes applications of non circular gears and how they are made. Much of the recent advances were possible only after machinists figured out how to make the first such gears.
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