The fundamentals of gear design, and an appreciation of the flexibility of the involute system with its ability to accommodate arbitrary centre distance and ratio using only standard tooth forms, are essential knowledge for those concerned with gearing. 

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As this is still less widely understood than might be expected, even by some already in the industry and the topics are neglected in much engineering education, there is a continuing need for a specialist post-experience course giving clear explanations.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost £1,350 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This 5-day course is presented through lectures and tutorials. Printed supplements are provided for much of the material covered in the course. A number of worked examples are undertaken by the delegates. Active participation from the delegates is strongly encouraged. Participants will need to bring their own scientific calculators. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

This course is intended to give a basic understanding of gear geometry and design procedures. A brief introduction to manufacture is included, as is metrology and tolerancing. Gear load capacity will be considered mainly by reference to existing design standards including ISO 6336, and gauging dimensions will also reference British and International Standards.

Core content

  • Geometry of the Involute Tooth Form and its appreciation to Parallel Axis Gearing
  • Geometric Design of Spur and Helical Gears
  • Tutorial Examples on Gear Load capacity
  • Tutorial Examples on Gear Design
  • Gear Lubrication
  • Gear Measurement and Gauging Dimensions
  • Gear Noise
  • Gear Failures
  • Gear Manufacture

Who should attend

The course will be of benefit to those with some previous experience and also those who have recently become involved with gearing.


The course is presented through lectures and tutorials conducted by members of Cranfield University’s staff all of whom have considerable academic and industrial experience. Additional lectures will be presented by senior engineers from industry.


£950 for BGA members. Where more than five delegates are booking from within one site of one organisation, a discount of 10% will apply to the invoice for the course tuition fee. Cranfield Alumni are eligible for a 5% discount from the full course fee.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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