Gearbox Terminology

Famous Gearbox Terminology and their meanings

The following are the important dimensions and geometries concerned with toothed gear

Pitch Circle

In the gearbox terminology, Pitch circle is the apparent circle that two gears can be taken like smooth cylinders rolling without friction.

In the gearbox terminology, Addendum circle is the outermost profile circle of a gear. Addendum is the radial distance between the pitch circle and the addendum circle.

Dedendum Circle

In the gearbox terminology, Dedendum circle is the innermost profile circle. Dedendum is the radial distance between the pitch circle and the dedendum circle.

Clearance

In the gearbox terminology, Clearance is the radial distance from top of the tooth to the bottom of the tooth space in the mating gear.

Backlash

In the gearbox terminology, Backlash is the tangential space between teeth of mating gears at pitch circles.

Full Depth

In the gearbox terminology, Full depth is sum of the addendum and the dedendum.

Face Width

In the gearbox terminology, Face width is length of tooth parallel to axes.

Diametral Pitch

Diametral pitch (p) is the number of teeth per unit volume.             p = (Number of Teeth) / (Diameter of Pitch circle)

Module

Module (m) is the inverse of diametral pitch.  m = 1/p

Circular Pitch

Circular pitch is the space in pitch circle used by each teeth.

Gear Ratio

Gear ratio is numbers of teeth of larger gear to smaller gear.

Pressure Line

Pressure line is the common normal at the point of contact of mating gears along which the driving tooth exerts force on the driven tooth.

Pressure Angle

Pressure angle is the angle between the pressure line and common tangent to pitch circles. It is also called angle of obliquity. high pressure angle requires wider base and stronger teeth.

Pitch Angle

Pitch angle is the angle captured by a tooth. Pitch angle = 360/T

Contact Ratio

Contact ratio is angle of angle of action and pitch angle.

Path of Approach

Path of approach is the distance along the pressure line traveled by the contact point from the point of engagement to the pitch point.

Path of Recess

Path of recess is the distance traveled along the pressure line by the contact point from the pitch point to the path of disengagement.

Path of Contact

Patch of contact is the sum of path of approach and path of recess.

Arc of Approach

Arc of approach is the distance traveled by a point on either pitch circle of the two wheels from the point of engagement to the pitch.

Arc of Recess

Arc of recess is the distance traveled by a point on either pitch circle of the two wheels from the point to the point of disengagement.

Arc of Contact

Arc of contact is the distance traveled by a point on either pitch circle of the two wheels during the period of contact of a pair of teeth.

Angle of Action

Angle of action is the angle turned by a gear during arc of contact.