Transmission efficiency is a principal index for estimating the performance of 2K-H closed epicyclical gear trains. To calculate transmission efficiency, it must confirm the power flow direction in transformation gear train and verify if there is power circulation in closed epicyclical gear train firstly. In this paper, a simple algorithm is proposed to confirm the power flow direction and estimate if there exist the power circulation based on transmission ratio of basic links in differential gear train and transformation gear train. The simplified equations are deduced to calculate the transmission efficiency and some examples are given finally.
2K-H closed epicyclical gear trains Transmission efficiency Transformation gear train Direction of power flow Power circulation
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