This benchtop unit conveys the relationship between the number of gear teeth
on spur gears and the transmission ratio of gear trains. The unit consists of a metal base
plate with a fixed axle and a rail made of steel. Two further axles can be clamped to
the rail in any position. In this way it is is possible to construct one and two
stage gear trains with any combination of gears. By undoing a locking pin, the rail can
be swivelled around the fixed axis providing a demonstration of planet gear trains.
Drive pins couple the gears. Four plastic gears are included with the unit. A plastic
box is used to store the parts not in use.
Learning Objectives / Experiments
- Spur gear train with intermediate gear
- Two-stage spur gear train
- Planet gear train