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Compound Gear

Compound Gear

Compound Gear

How much is the maximum RPM that have been ever achieved by the using of sequence of compound gears.

RE: Compound Gear

Depends on the size. I would suspect that for a set of smaller gears, the speeds could be quite high.

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RE: Compound Gear

Drive mechanisms for centrifugal superchargers (automotive applications) can have very high output speeds.

The centrifugal supercharger on a Kawasaki H2 motorcycle drives the supercharger at 9.2 times crankshaft speed, and max crankshaft speed is 13,000 rpm, so supercharger rpm would be 120,000 rpm under those conditions. The final output stage is a planetary-geared speed increaser with an 8:1 speed ratio.

RE: Compound Gear

I have a hand held mini-grinder that has a 40k rpm motor and ~130k rpm output.
The guys that built it said that they tested one with ~250k rpm output, but it too bulky and ran hot.

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RE: Compound Gear

Speeds achieved in the real world are directly and inversely related to size of the gears, as others have stated.

You'll also find that if you do the math, the speed is directly limited by contact velocities. There's an upper limit based on gear material.

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