RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

Toward a More Exact Kinematics of Roller Chain Drives

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C.-K. Chen

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

F. Freudenstein

Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 110(3), 269-275 (Sep 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267457 History: Received October 05, 1987; Online November 19, 2009


A kinematic analysis has been developed for the motion of roller chain drives, which is exact for relatively slow-speed chain drives with negligible wear. The results shed new light on chordal or polygonal action, and the associated impact velocity and motion fluctuation of the chain drive. The results have also revealed the existence of a remarkable degree of sensitivity of chain performance with respect to center distance including discontinuities in the motion derivatives. This in turn provides a new opportunity for the optimization of chain drives by optimizing center distance both in the design stage, as well as during installation and maintenance.

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