Design of an Engagement Guiding Mechanism for Roller Chain Drives

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Liexiao Kong

Wisne Design Inc., Division of Progressive Tool and Industries Co., Southfield, MI

M. Sabbaghian

Mechanical Engineering Department, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA

J. Mech. Des 118(4), 538-543 (Dec 01, 1996) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826925 History: Received November 01, 1995; Revised June 01, 1996; Online December 11, 2007


On a roller chain drive, if the incoming engaging roller moves tangent to the pitch circle at the moment of engagement, no roller-sprocket impact should occur. Based on such a notion, an engagement guiding mechanism is proposed to make this possible. The algorithm of kinematic design of the mechanism is presented. Comparisons between the new model and a conventional model show significant improvements made in the kinematic properties of the engaging roller.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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