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Understanding Gear Ratios

Many people wonder what it means when they see the term “gear ratio” written on a product. The purpose of this post is to explain to you what the gear ratio is, how it is used and other important details to cease your curiosity and help you gain a clear understanding.

The gear ratio is the term used to define a relationship with the teeth on two separate gears which have been combined together. It is written as a mathematical expression. It is actually quite the simple formula. For example, if you take a fear that has 13 teeth and a gear with a total of 21 teeth, that ration number would be 1/1.62. There are many times in which it is essential that a gear ratio be maintained, and most of them are during the actual creation of the product.

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How Are Gear Ratios Calculated?

Gear ratio is used to measure a wide variety of mechanical items, including clocks, automobiles, farming machines and equipment and more. The gear ratios help determine how well the machine is performing. Circumferences are used to base the ratio upon. It is essential that the right gear ratio be determined in order to properly make a certain product work efficiently. Even a slight decimal point off could affect the entire piece to malfunction.

When a company creates a product, they do so with a specified ratio in mind. When they are able to get the numbers to add up they are able to produce specific qualities and functions in their products. The transmission, for example, uses gear ration to ensure that it can adapt to the various speeds that it will travel. It takes a lot of work to ensure that all of the products put out that use gears to operate has the proper gear ratio. You might not even realize all that is put into this!

Product Application

Gears are needed, of course, to find the gear ratio. There are a few different purposes the actual gears serve, making it important that the ratio matches up. The gears can be used to cause the object to change the direction in which it is rotating, the move motions to another axis and to increase and decrease the rotation speed. Another purpose they serve is to synchronize axis rotation. No matter what the intended purpose of the gear, having the right ratio in place is still important.

If you are interested in learning more about gear ration, the web is a good place to start your search for your information. Many articles are dedicated to providing this information. Professional technicians are also able to provide you with detailed information whenever you might be interested in learning. It is a good idea to gather this information. Not only is it very interesting to know, it can also help you ensure that all of your parts with gears are operating as they should be.

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