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4th Edition

Dudley's Handbook of Practical Gear Design and Manufacture

ISBN 9780367649029
Published August 25, 2021 by CRC Press
1170 Pages 718 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Fourth Edition of Dudley’s Handbook of Practical Gear Design and Manufacture is the definitive reference guide to gear design, production, and applications. Using a pragmatic approach, the book provides gear manufacturing methods for high-, medium-, and low-volume production.

Updated throughout to reflect cutting-edge research, this edition includes new contributions from experts in the field. Providing a clear overview of the foundations of advanced gear systems, the book contains new material on the potential of technologies such as high-performance plastic gears alongside issues that can be encountered. The book also includes innovative chapters discussing topics such as involute gear drives and gear strength calculation, with new regulations such as ISO 6336 in mind. Using modern technologies such as powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing, all the necessary information to reduce gear cost is provided. Additionally, gear micro-geometry modifications and planetary gear designs are discussed.


  • Provides an up-to-date, single-source reference for all aspects of the gear industry
  • Presents an integrated approach to gear design and manufacture
  • Includes new coverage of direct gear design and ready-to-use gear design
  • Contains coverage of finite element analysis, gear vibration, load ratings, and gear failures

The book includes comprehensive tables and references, making this the definitive guide for all those in the field of gear technology, from industry professionals to undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students.

Table of Contents

1. Foundations of Advanced Gear Systems

2. Gear-Design Trends

3. Gear Types and Nomenclature

4. Gear Tooth Design

5. Preliminary Design Considerations

6. Design Formulas

7. Gear Reactions and Mountings

8. Compensation of Shaft Deflections through Gear Micro-Geometry Modifications

9. Special Design Problems in Gear Drives

10. Gear Materials

11. Load Carrying Capacities, Strength Numbers, and Main Influence Parameters for Different Gear Materials and Heat Treatment Processes

12. Gear Load Capacity Calculation: Based on ISO 6336

13. Potential and Challenges of High-Performance Plastic Gears

14. The Kinds and Causes of Gear Failures

15. Load Rating of Gears

16. Gear-Manufacturing Methods

17. Design of Tools to Make Gear Teeth

18. Dynamic Model of Technological System for Gear Finishing

19. Powder Metal Gears

20. 3D Printed Gears

21. Gear Noise and Vibration (NVH)

22. Planetary Gear Trains

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Dr. Stephen P. Radzevich is a professor of mechanical engineering and manufacturing engineering, and has extensive industrial experience. He has spent over 35 years developing software, hardware, and other processes for gear design and optimization. He has authored numerous books and scientific papers on gear technologies, and holds patents for inventions in the field.