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Linear movement -> Rotation

  1. Jan 24, 2008 #1
    Linear movement --> Rotation

    Hey, I'm wondering how many different ways there are to transform linear translation into rotation.
    The ones that I'm a familiar with are; rack and pinion, Scotch yoke, Helical spline, crankshaft..
    Are there other good ways of accomplishing this? Thank you for your time.
     
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  3. Jan 24, 2008 #2

    brewnog

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    Think you've got the main ones covered. What's the application?
     
  4. Jan 24, 2008 #3
    I'm really just exploring different ways to rotate a shaft. Looking for the most compact solution.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2008 #4

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    You could use a friction drive, which works like a rack and pinion but relies on inter-surface friction rather than positive engagement; think a car tyre. You could also have a hydraulic coupling; displace fluid in a cylinder and use this to drive a hydraulic motor. Probably not what you're after though.
     
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