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Examples Of Planetary Gear

Mar 08, 2017

This planetary gear train consists of a sun gear (yellow), planet gears (blue) supported by the carrier (green) and a ring gear (pink). The red marks show the relative displacement of the sun gear and carrier, when the carrier is rotated 45° clockwise and the ring gear is held fixed.


In this example, the carrier (green) is held stationary while the sun gear (yellow) is used as input. The planet gears (blue) turn in a ratio determined by the number of teeth in each gear. Here, the ratio is −24/16, or −3/2; each planet gear turns at 3/2 the rate of the sun gear, in the opposite direction.