The Theory and Practice of Worm Gear Drives

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781903996614
eBook ISBN: 9780080542744
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 6th July 2004
Page Count: 320
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Worm gears are special gears that resemble screws, and can be used to drive other gears. Worm gears, enable two non-touching shafts in a machine to mesh (join) together.

This publication, unique in that it combines both theoretical and practical design aspects, including the latest results of research and development, provides detailed treatment of the theory and production of worm drives, as well as the overarching subject of production geometry of helicoidal surfaces.

Included are mathematical models for a number of practical applications; a description of dressing equipment required; treatment of inspection and measurement; the use of intelligent systems; worm gearing for power transmission; selection criteria.

Key Features

· Covers theory and practice of the production and use of these common machine elements · Ideal for researchers and engineers dealing with mechanical drives, gears and manufacturing · The first single volume text in this diverse field


Design, production and mechanical engineers, precision engineers in industry and research; research and senior undergraduate mechanical engineering students

Table of Contents

  1. Classification of worm gear drives. 2. History of the worm gear drive. 3. Manufacturing Geometry for Constant Pitch Helicoidal Surfaces. 4. General Mathematical Model for Investigation of Hobs Suitable for Generating Cylindrical and Conical Worms, Worm Gears and Face Gear. 5. Grinding Wheel Profiling Device. 6. Quality Control of Worms Checking the geometry of worms. 7. Manufacture of Helicoidal Surfaces in Modern Intelligent Integrated Systems. 8. Basic Characteristic of Operation and Inspection of Worm Gear Drives


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‘...a significant contribution to these research topics ...results of great and wide experience in the design and manufacture of worm gear drives... a most useful work for researchers and engineers.’ —F.L. Litvin, University of Illinois, USA