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Epicyclic Drive Trains

Analysis, Synthesis, and Applications

Herbert W. Müller

Automotive Studies

Published: April 1982
ISBN: 9780814316634
Pages: 376 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 174 black and white images

This first English-language edition is a completely revised and expanded version of Die Umlaufgetriebe, published by the Springer-Verlag in 1971. It will be extremely useful to American engineers since it stresses the efficiencies of new and existing transmission designs and provides concise guide rules as well as worksheets. A thorough understanding of the sometimes difficult material is facilitated through the use of both schematic and symbolic diagrams. The book is profusely illustrated and analyzes many applications. These drives receive an unusually clear treatment because at Dr. Müller’s discovery of their perfect analogy to the simple epicyclic drive trains.
Unified methods of analysis and synthesis of complex drives are employed throughout, suggesting that further simplifications may be possible through the use of a multivalued logic system which is analogous to the bivalent logic system of digital electronics.
This book presents a clear and concise description of a multitude of revolving gear trains in terms common to all, whereas previous publications have been limited to treatment on interesting subproblems. Its well-reasoned definitions and classifications will aid engineers in the selection and design of the best drives for any given application.

Herbert W. Müller obtained his doctorate at the Technische Hochschule in Dresden in 1961. He is now chairman of machine elements at the Technische Hochschule in Darmstadt. Professor Müller has published a number or articles in technical journals in Germany, and has presented papers to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers on several occasions.