Title: Synthesis of epicyclic gear trains with one and two degrees of freedom from kinematic chains belonging to minimal sets

Authors: Marina Baldissera De Souza; Rodrigo De Souza Vieira; Daniel Martins

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Reitor João David Ferreira Lima, Trindade, 88040-900 Florianópolis – SC, Brazil ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Reitor João David Ferreira Lima, Trindade, 88040-900 Florianópolis – SC, Brazil ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Reitor João David Ferreira Lima, Trindade, 88040-900 Florianópolis – SC, Brazil

Abstract: The enumeration of kinematic chains for epicyclic gear trains allows obtaining all the possible configurations from specified structural characteristics. However, the more complex becomes the desired structure, the greater the number of options to analyse in order to select the most suitable one, therefore, it is necessary a criterion to reduce this range of choices. The variety of kinematic chains and the concept of minimal sets can be used for this purpose. This paper enumerates the kinematic chains with zero variety for epicyclic gear trains with one and two degrees of freedom, and with up to four independent loops. Some epicyclic gear trains generated from the chains belonging to minimal sets are presented afterward, and the advantages of using zero variety chains are discussed.

Keywords: synthesis of epicyclic gear trains; minimal sets; variety; enumeration of kinematic chains; number synthesis; Buchsbaum-Freudenstein method; functional schematic.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMRS.2018.096291

International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, 2018 Vol.4 No.4, pp.383 - 400

Received: 05 Mar 2018
Accepted: 01 Jul 2018

Published online: 20 Nov 2018 *

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