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Introduction to Gear Design

7 Where Do I Look For Help?
— Reference Material

Cutting Tool Catalog

Ash Gear & Supply Company

21380 Bridge Street

Southfield, MI 48034

(313) 357 – 5980

This catalog covers “off-the-shelf” gear-cutting tools, and contains a lot of practical information on gear design.

Machinery’s Handbook

By Erik Oberg, Franklin D. Jones, and Holbrook L. Horton

Industrial Press Inc.

200 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10157

ISBN 0–8311–1155–0

This “machine-shop bible” contains a good deal of information on gears. While some of it is dated, it still provides a “common denominator” for gear users throughout industry.

Gear Handbook

Darle W. Dudley, Editor-in-Chief

McGraw-Hill Book Company

New York, NY

Library of Congress Number: 61–7304

This 1962 publication is a classic in gear literature, and is a “must-read” for any gear designer’s library.

Practical Gear Design

By D.W.Dudley

McGraw-Hill Book Company

New York, NY

Library of Congress Number: 53–11476

This book may hard to locate, and is somewhat dated, but its tool-design section is an excellent reference for special applications.

Handbook of Practical Gear Design

By Darle W. Dudley

McGraw-Hill Book Company

New York, NY

ISBN 0–07–017951–4

This 1984 revision of Practical Gear Design has a lot of new information to offer, including the most complete reference section ever published.

Gear Process Dynamics

By Geoffrey Ashcroft, Brian W. Cluff, Dennis R. Gimpert, and Claude Lutz

American Pfauter Corporation

925 East Estes Avenue

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

This is the textbook from American Pfauter’s Gear Process Dynamics Clinic, an excellent course for engineers involved in gear manufacturing.

Revised Manual of Gear Design

By Earle Buckingham

Buckingham Associates

591 Parker Hill Road Springfield, VT 05156

This three-volume work has some excellent basic information on gear concepts. Section Two covers planetary gears in great detail.


American Gear Manufacturers Association

1500 King Street, Suite 201

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 684 – 0211

AGMA maintains standards on many aspects of gear design, including ratings, materials, inspection, and cutting tools. Don’t start an important design project without the latest standards for reference.

Engineer To Win

By Carroll Smith

Motorbooks International

Osceola, WI 54020

ISBN 0–87938–186–8 (pbk.)

While this book is about materials for race cars, it has the most understandable explanation of materials and heat treating I have ever read.

Systematic Analysis of Gear Failures

By Lester E. Alban

American Society for Metals

Metals Park, Ohio 44073

ISBN: 0–87170–200–2

If you want to learn why things didn’t work out as planned, this is the book to read.

Steel Selection

By Roy F. Kern and Manfred E. Suess

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

New York, NY

ISBN: 0–471–04287–0

This book may contain more than you ever want to know about steel selection, but it is easy to read and explains a great deal about why we use the steels that have become “popular”.

Design of Weldments

By Omer W. Blodgett

The James F. Lincoln Arc-Welding Foundation

P.O. Box 3035

Cleveland, Ohio 44117

If you are going to design or use welded gear blanks or housings, you are going to need a copy of this book.

Plastics Gearing

ABA/PGT Publishing

1395 Tolland Turnpike

Manchesler, CT 06040

For information on plastic gears, this is the book to read.