Automatic Detection of Embedded Structure in Planetary Gear Trains

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Cheng-Ho Hsu, Yi-Chang Wu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 80424, R.O.C.

J. Mech. Des 119(2), 315-318 (Jun 01, 1997) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826253 History: Received June 01, 1996; Revised December 01, 1996; Online December 11, 2007


The detection of embedded structure is one of important steps in the structural synthesis of planetary gear trains. The purpose of this paper is to develop a computer program for the automatic detection of embedded structure in planetary gear trains. First, the graph representation of a planetary gear train is used to clarify the kinematic structure. Next, the concept of fundamental circuit is applied to derive an algorithm for the detection of embedded structure in a planetary gear train. Using the notation of adjacency matrix, an interactive computer program has been developed such that embedded structure in a planetary gear train can be automatically analyzed by only entering the corresponding graph.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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