Introduction to Gears C0822

Topics: Powertrain & Propulsion

This seminar is designed to provide gear novices with a general understanding of gear nomenclature, geometry, and arrangements. Starting with the basic definition of gears, conjugate motion and the "Laws of Gearing", you will gain a solid understanding of gearing and the fundamentals of rotary motion transfer through gear-trains. Gear classifications, tooth forms and geometry, and very high-level application considerations, manufacturing processes, and inspection techniques will be covered.

Attendees will receive a copy of the book, Gear Design Simplified, by Franklin D. Jones & Henry H. Ryffel.

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Describe the "Law of Gearing", conjugate action and involute profiles
  • Identify the various gear types and configurations
  • Articulate the various definitions and terms used in gearing
  • Identify the function and operation of all gear arrangements
  • Articulate basic design considerations, nomenclature and inter-relationship of gear forms and motions
  • Describe the various manufacturing processes and inspection techniques commonly used in industry today

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for individuals with little or no previous experience in gear systems. Engineers new to the field of gearing, sales and marketing people responsible for interacting with gear engineers, component suppliers, and vehicle platform powertrain development specialists who have not been previously involved in gear system specification or design will benefit from this course.

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

  • Principles and Purpose of Gears
  • Basic Concepts
    • Law of Gearing
    • Common Tooth Forms
  • Classification of Gears
  • Definitions and Terms Used in Gearing
  • Gear Tooth Action
  • Conjugacy
  • Gear Geometry and Nomenclature
    • Tooth and blank nomenclature
  • Gear Arrangements
    • Simple and compound gear train
  • Ratios: What They Mean and How to Calculate
  • Epicyclic
    • Configurations (Solar, Planetary, Star)
    • Ratios
  • Gear Measurement and Inspection
  • Charts - Involute, Lead, and Red Liner
  • Dimension Sheet
William Mark McVea


Dr. William Mark McVea, P.E., is currently President and Principal Engineer of KBE , Inc. where he and his team design and develop complete powertrains for automotive and off-highway vehicles. Dr. McVea has held many positions within the mechanical drive and powertrain industry; most recently as Chief Technology Officer for Torvec, Inc., an industry leader in the design and development of patented powertrain engineering technology used primarily in the automotive industry. His prior positions include Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Sciences in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology and adjunct professor at Purdue University in their Automotive Sciences Department. He was also formerly a manager of the CAE group within a tier-one powertrain supplier to global automotive markets, a consulting engineer in vehicle dynamics with Gear Consultants, Inc., and a project manager of traction systems for off-highway vehicles with Clark-Hurth International. Dr. McVea has published extensively on the topics of transmission systems, automated design assistant systems, knowledge systems and knowledge based engineering in general. He also holds or is listed as co-inventor on numerous patents related to mechanical power transmissions. Dr. McVea holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Design Engineering from Purdue University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Duration: 1 Day
CEUs: .7

Format: Classroom

Event ID: LM013

Location: Troy, Michigan

Session Info:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fees: $649.00

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