Planetary Gear-Trains

tog_minus        Planetary Gear Design Arrangements

Planetary Gearing / Complex Planetary Gear-Train

P = Pinion; S = Sun; A = Ring/Annulus; C = Carrier

The typical arrangement is shown to the left. It consists of a:

Central Sun (S) Gear with External Teeth
A Ring (A) Gear with Internal Teeth, with the same centre as the Sun Gear
Revolving Planet (P) Gears that engage with the Sun and Ring Gear
Planet Carrier (C) in which the Planet Pinions are supported.

Note: The Ring is also called the Annulus. Hence the letter 'A' for 'Annulus' Gear.

The Gear Ratios are a function of the gear - A, S or C - you lock. See YouTube video here: http://youtu.be/hXTzO1UXnLs

There are also possibilities where all three members (A, S or C) rotate. They are called Differential Gears.

Example of Planetary Gear Box

Planetary Gears
Schematic of Variation 3

Simple Planetary Gear-Trains

There are six drive variations when we keep one gear stationary.

Variation 1: The Carrier (C) is the Input; the Sun (S) is Stationary; the Output is (A).
Gear Ratio = [ω(1 +1/ω) input turns : 1 output turn]
Variation 2: The Carrier (C), is the Input; the Annulus (A) is Stationary; the Output is (S).
Gear Ratio = [1/(1+ω) input turns : 1 output turn]
Variation 3: The Sun (S), is the Input; the Carrier is Stationary (C); the Output is (A).
Gear Ratio = [-ω input turns : 1 output turn]
Variation 4: The Sun (S), is the Input; the Annulus (A) is Stationary; the Output is (C).
Gear Ratio = [1+ω input turns : 1 output turn]
Variation 5: The Annulus (A), is the Input; the Carrier (C) is Stationary; the Output is (S).
Gear Ratio = [-1/ω input turns : 1 output turn]
Variation 6: The Annulus (A); is the Input: the Sun is Stationary (S); the Output is (C).
Gear Ratio = [(1+ω)/ω input turns : 1 output turn]

ω = Number of Sun-Teeth / Number of Annulus-Teeth

Compound Planetary Gear-Trains.

These gear arrangements give different speed ratio options. They will cost more!

When there are three or more planets, as is the usual case, care must be made to make sure the teeth of both planets can engage.

tog_minus        VARIATION 1: Carrier (C) as Driver; Stationary Sun (S); Driven Annulus (A)

This is a video of the model after I have added Profiles and Extrusions to the Gear-Pairs.

You can also see it on YouTube.

tog_minus        Step 1: Add Gear-Pair 1

Elements in the Gear-Pair dialog

See 'How to Add a Gear-Pair with an Orbiting Centre'

1.Make the Base-Value of the Motion-Dimension = 60º
2.Number-of-Teeth Gear 1 = 60, Number-of-Teeth Gear 2 =30, External Mesh.

The image shows the:

Gear 1: Sun Gear1s-red - Stationary
Line-of-centres: Carrier2s - Driver
Gear 2: Planet Gear3s - Rolling around the Sun

tog_minus        Step 2: Add Gear-Pair 2

Gear-Pair 2

Gear 1

The new Planet

The new Planet is in all respects, an identical copy to Planet Gear (Gear 2) of Gear-Pair 1

The Planet Gear is a child to a Part that rotates at the same Speed as Gear 2 in Gear-Pair 1

Therefore, when we add Gear-Pair 2, we can select the same Part as Gear 2 in Gear-Pair 1

Line-of-centres

Between the centre of the Planet and the centre of the Annulus

Conveniently, this is the same Part and Line that is the Line-of-centres of Gear-Pair 1

Gear 2

The Annulus

It is a new Part. It must have a Line and a Part for the Annulus Gear
The Line for the Part must radiate from the centre of the Sun Gear

From the above, we must:

STEP 1: Add a new Part for the Annulus Gear
STEP 2: Join it with a Pin-Joint to the centre of the Sun Gear
STEP 3: Add Gear-Pair 2
STEP 4: Edit Gear-Pair 2

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STEP 1: Add a Part

Add a Part1s-red

STEP 2: Join the New Part to the Sun
a.Select Add Pin-Joint
b.Click the Point at the end of the new Part (the 'Free' Part)2s
c.Click the Point at the centre of the Sun Gear3s

There are two Points at the centre of the Sun Gear3s

MechDesigner does not know which Point at 3s you want to select - it is 'ambiguous'.

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The Select Element dialog-box opens. When the Select Element dialog-box opens, you must select all of the elements again.

The first Point you select2s is always at the top of the list.

This is why we select the 'Free' Point first. It is not ambiguous.

The second Point is ambiguous.

Which second Point do we select in the Select Elements dialog-box?

The Point MUST be a child to the Sun Gear (Gear 1 of Gear-Pair 1)

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If we join the Part to the Base-Part, we will not join it to the Line-of-centres.

We must join it to the Part that is currently the Sun Gear - Part3s

To 'CTRL + SELECT' the Points:

1.Ctrlb key down
2.Select all Elements you need to complete the command, Point2s and 3s

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STEP 3: Add Gear-Pair 2

Select these four elements.

1.The 'Green Line' on Gear Part 11s-red
2.The 'Blue Line' on Gear Part 22s
3.The 'Green Line' that Joins the Gear centres3s
4.The Length Dimension of the Green Line that joins the Gear centre4s (The Part-Editor opens so you can select the length of Part3s

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MechDesigner adds the second Gear-Pair with the default options:

External Mesh
Equal number-of-teeth
Module and Number-of-Teeth to agree with the existing length of the Line-of-centres.

 

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STEP 4: Edit Gear-Pair 2
Internal Mesh
Module = 2 [Same as Gear-Pair 1]
Number-of-Teeth: Gear 1 = 301s-red [Same as Planetary Gear of Gear-Pair 1]
Number-of-Teeth: Gear 2 = 1202s. This is the Annulus.

For information: Gear Ratio: = ω(1 +1/ω)

ω = Ratio of Annulus Teeth / Sun Gear Teeth

tog_minus        VARIATION 2: Carrier (C) as Driver; Stationary Annulus (A); Driven Sun (S)

This is a video of the model after I have added Profiles and Extrusions to the Gear-Pairs.

tog_minus        Step 1: Add Gear-Pair 1

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See Step 14.4. Make the Base-Value of the Motion-Dimension = 60º

1.Number-of-Teeth Gear 1 = 120, Internal Mesh, Number-of-Teeth Gear 2 =30

The image shows the:

Gear 1: Annulus Gear1s-red - Stationary
Line-of-centres: Carrier2s - Driver
Gear 2: Planet Gear3s - Rolling inside the Annulus

tog_minus        Step 2: Add Gear-Pair 2

Gear-Pair 2

Gear 1

Is the new Planet (identical copy to original)

It must be a child to the Part that rotates at the same Speed as Gear 2 of Gear-Pair 1
We can make it the same Part as Gear 2 of Gear-Pair 1

Line-of-centres

Is between the centre of the Planet and the centre of the Annulus

Conveniently, this is the same Part and Line that is the Line-of-centres of Gear-Pair 1

Gear 2

Is the Sun

It is a new Part. It must have a Line and Part for the Sun Gear
The new Line must radiate from the centre of the Annulus Gear

From the above, we must:

STEP 1: Add a new Part for the Sun Gear
STEP 2: Join it with a Pin-Joint to the centre of the Annulus Gear
STEP 3: Add Gear-Pair 2
STEP 4: Edit Gear-Pair 2

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STEP 1:

Add a Part1s-red

STEP 2:

Join it with a Pin-Joint to centre of the Sun Gear

a.Select Add Pin-Joint
b.Click the Point at the end of the new Part (the 'Free' Part)2s
c.Click the Point at the centre of the Annulus Gear3s

There are two Points at the centre of the Annulus Gear3s

MechDesigner does not know which Point at 3s you want to select. It is ambiguous.

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The Select Element dialog-box opens.

The first Point you select2s is always at the top of the list.

This is why we select a 'Free' Point first. Point2s is not ambiguous.

The second Point is ambiguous.

Which second Point do we select in the Select Elements dialog-box?

The Point MUST be a child to the Annulus Gear (Gear 1 of Gear-Pair 1)

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If we join the Part to the Base-Part, it will not be joined to the Line-of-centres.

We must join it to the Part that is currently the Annulus Gear - Part3s

To select the Points:

1.Ctrlb key down
2.Select all Elements needed for the command, Point2s and 3s

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STEP 3:

Add Gear-Pair 2

Select these four elements.

1.The 'Green Line' on Gear Part 11s-red
2.The 'Blue Line' on Gear Part 22s
3.The 'Green Line' that Joins the Gear centres3s
4.The Length Dimension of the Green Line that joins the Gear centres4s (The Part-Editor opens so you can select the length of Part3s

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MechDesigner adds Gear-Pair 21s-red with the options:

External Mesh
Equal number-of-teeth
Module and Number-of-Teeth to agree with the length of the Line-of-centres.

 

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STEP 4:

Edit Gear-Pair 2

External Mesh
Module = 2 [Same as Gear-Pair 1]
Number-of-Teeth: Gear 1 = 301s-red [Same as Planetary Gear of Gear-Pair 1]
Number-of-Teeth: Gear 2 = 602s. This is the Annulus.

For information: Gear Ratio: = 1 +1/ω

ω = Ratio of Annulus Teeth / Sun Gear Teeth

tog_minus        VARIATION 3: Sun (S) as Driver; Stationary Carrier (C); Driven Annulus (A)

This is a video of the model after I have added Profiles and Extrusions to the Gear-Pairs

tog_minus        Step 1: Add Gear-Pair 1

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See Step 14.1. Make the Base-Value of the Motion-Dimension = 60º

1.Number-of-Teeth Gear 1 = 60, Number-of-Teeth Gear 2 =30, External Mesh

The image shows the:

Gear 1: Sun Gear1s-red - Rotates
Line-of-centres: Carrier2s - Stationary
Gear 2: Planet Gear3s - Turns on its axis as Sun rotates

tog_minus        Step 2: Add Gear-Pair 2

Gear-Pair 2

Gear 1

Is the new Planet (identical copy to original)

It must be a child to a Part that rotates at the same Speed as Gear 2 of Gear-Pair 1
We can make it the same Part as Gear 2 of Gear-Pair 1

Line-of-centres

Is between the centre of the Planet and the centre of the Annulus

Conveniently, this is the same Part and Line that is the Line-of-centres of Gear-Pair 1

Gear 2

Is the Annulus

It is a new Part. It must have a Line and Part for the Annulus Gear
The new Line must radiate from the centre of the Sun Gear, and it must be joined to the Base-Part.

From the above, we must:

STEP 1: Add a new Part for the Annulus Gear
STEP 2: Join it with a Pin-Joint to the Base-Part at the centre of the Sun
STEP 3: Add Gear-Pair 2
STEP 4: Edit Gear-Pair 2

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STEP 1:

Add a Part1s-red

STEP 2:

Join it with a Pin-Joint to centre of the Sun Gear

a.Select Add Pin-Joint
b.Click the Point at the end of the new Part (the 'Free' Part)2s
c.Click the Point at the centre of the Sun Gear3s

There are two Points at the centre of the Sun Gear3s

MechDesigner does not know which Point at 3s you want to select. It is ambiguous.

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The Select Element dialog-box opens.

The first Point you select2s is always at the top of the list.

This is why we select a 'Free' Point first. Point2s is not ambiguous.

The second Point is ambiguous.

Which second Point do we select in the Select Elements dialog-box?

The second Point MUST be a child to the Base-Part

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If we join the Part to the Sun Gear, it will not be a child to the Line-of-centres.

We must join it to the Base-Part3s

To select the Points:

1.Ctrlb key down
2.Select all Elements needed for the command, Point2s and 3s

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STEP 3:

Add Gear-Pair 2

Select these four elements.

1.The 'Green Line' on Gear Part 11s-red
2.The 'Blue Line' on Gear Part 22s
3.The 'Green Line' that Joins the Gear centres3s
4.The Length Dimension of the Green Line that joins the Gear centres4s (The Part-Editor opens so you can select the length of Part3s

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The Gear-Pair 21s-red is added with the default options:

External Mesh
Equal number-of-teeth
Module and Number-of-Teeth to agree with the length of the Line-of-centres.

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STEP 4:

Edit Gear-Pair 2

Internal Mesh
Module = 2 [Same as Gear-Pair 1]
Number-of-Teeth: Gear 1 = 301s-red [Same as Planetary Gear of Gear-Pair 1]
Number-of-Teeth: Gear 2 = 1202s. This is the Annulus.

For information: Gear Ratio: = -ω

ω = Ratio of Annulus Teeth / Sun Gear Teeth

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