A small doubt on gears

  1. I have this doubt on spur gears
    Is it necessary that the pitch circles of the two mating gears need to be tangential? or will a small gap of 0.3mm matter?
  2. jcsd
  3. I think a gap that large will cause slip. Thus I should think they need to be tangential. Hoping for someone to come in and confirm that though.
  4. jack action

    jack action 892
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    I'm not sure if this is what you're talking about, but you can read about extended center distance.
  5. I think he is talking about circular pitch. In which case I would think this has to be tangential.

    I am trying to find some engineers who might know the exact answer.
  6. I always thought that the pitch circle was tangential by definition. Isn't it defined by the line of action?


    Or are you talking about pitch as in teeth/length?
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