Cycloid gear
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The cycloidal gear profile is a form of toothed gear used in mechanical clocks, rather than the involute gear form used for most other gears. The gear tooth profile is based on the epicycloid and hypocycloid curves, which are the curves generated by a circle rolling around the outside and inside of another circle, respectively.
When two toothed gears mesh, an imaginary circle, the pitch circle, can be drawn around the centre of either gear through the point where their teeth make contact. The curves of the teeth outside the pitch circle are known as the addenda, and the curves of the tooth spaces inside the pitch circle are known as the dedenda. An addendum of one gear rests inside a dedendum of the other gear.
In cycloidal gears, the addenda of the wheel teeth are convex epicycloidal and the dedenda of the pinion are concave hypocycloidal curves generated by the same generating circle. This ensures that the motion of one gear is transferred to the other at locally constant angular velocity.
The size of the generating circle (pinion) may be freely chosen, mostly independent of the number of teeth.
A Roots blower is one extreme, a form of cycloid gear where the ratio of the pitch diameter to the pinion diameter equals twice the number of lobes. In a twolobed blower, the pinion is onefourth the diameter of the pitch circles, and the teeth form complete epi and hypocycloidal arcs.
In clockmaking, the pinion diameter is commonly chosen to be onehalf the pitch diameter of one of the gears. This results in a dedendum which is a simple straight radial line. This is simple to polish, and the lack of any undercut strengthens the tooth.^{[citation needed]} The addenda are not complete epicycloids, but portions of two different ones which intersect at a point, resulting in a "gothic arch" tooth profile.
Limitation of this gear is that it works for a constant distance between centers of two gears. This condition in most of the cases is impractical because of involvement of vibration, and thus in most of the cases, involute profile of gear is used.
There is some dispute over the invention of cycloidal gears. Those involved include Gérard Desargues, Philippe de La Hire, Ole Rømer, and Charles Étienne Louis Camus.
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 Designing cycloidal gears

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