Design of a Wormgear Reducer: A Case Study

  • Dan Braha
  • Oded Maimon
Part of the Applied Optimization book series (APOP, volume 17)


This chapter presents a case study of a wormgear reducer design, which is used to corroborate the evolutionary model of the design process (Chapter 6). The design of the wormgear reducer is performed on both conceptual and detailed (parametric) levels. Conceptualization mainly involves inventive activities in the form of the generation of alternative possible solutions to the required goals (high level specifications). In parametric design, the dimensions of a part are calculated by solving a system of constraints (typically nonlinear equations). The constraints are considered part of the specifications.


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    Braha, D., Maimon, O. and Ben-Gal, I., “Case-Studies in General Design Theory: Measurement Tool and Wormgear Reducer,” Technical Report 8–95, ADMS Lab, Boston University, 1995.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Braha
    • 1
  • Oded Maimon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringBen Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Industrial EngineeringTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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