Option 2: Orbiting Gear-Pairs

A Gear-Pair with Orbiting Centres:

One gear centre revolves, or 'orbits', around another gear centre.
A gear 'carrier' connects the centres of the two gears.

It is important to remember the rule that the Lines in the Gears must join the Points at each end of the Line-of Centres.


Applications

Planetary Gears

The combination of an orbiting gear that engages with a sun gear and also an annular gear is called a planetary gear train.

Planetary Gears have a number of advantages over simple and compound Gear-Trains.

We can design:

1.Planetary Gear-Trains
2.Differential Gear-Trains

Curve Generation and their Applications

The path of the centre of the revolving Gear - Gear 2 in both of the images - is a circle. This is not very useful, or interesting. However, the path of a different Point on the revolving gear is interesting and sometimes useful.

Points on a GEAR rolling around the outside of a fixed gear. See top image (below)

Epicycloid: A curve given by a point on the pitch-circle of a gear that rolls around the outside of the stationary gear

Epitrochoid: A curve given by a Point that is not on the pitch-circle of the gear that rolls around the outside of a stationary gear

Points on a gear rolling around the inside of a fixed gear. See bottom image (below)

Hypocycloid: A curve given by a point on the pitch-circle of a gear that rolls around the inside of the stationary gear

Hypotrochoid: A curve given by a Point that is not on the pitch-circle of the gear that rolls around the inside of a stationary gear.

Peritrochoid: A curve given by a Point on an orbiting gear, that is bigger than a fixed gear, and its centre is inside the pitch circle of the fixed gear.

The Orbiting Gear-Pair

Example Planetary or Epicyclic Gears

External Mesh

Gear 11s-red : Fixed to the Frame - it does not rotate

Gear 22s : Rotates about its own centre AND Orbits around the centre of Gear 1

Line-of-centres3s : Rotates with the centre of rotation at the centre of Gear 1


Epicyclic-Internal

Internal Mesh

Gear 11s-red : Fixed to the Frame - it does not rotate

Gear 22s : Rotates about its own centre AND Orbits around the centre of Gear1

Line-of-centres3s : Rotates with the centre of rotation at the centre of Gear 1


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