Innovation is the driving force of progress. Gear Chain Industrial (GCI) is developing a revolutionary innovation to continuously shift up the progress of automatic transmissions to the highest gear. The company’s founder Jacques van Rooij and his team are working hard on the development of a special chain, the GCI chain. This chain provides a solid alternative to the pushbelt that is currently used in automatic transmissions. The new chain provides stepless shifting between gears. The GCI chain is able to cope with high engine outputs and provides a wide range for variable speed of rotation. Furthermore, it is energy-efficient, maintenance-free, quiet, and long-lasting.
FEM analysis of GCI chain
Engineering Analysis was asked by GCI for its help in optimising the chain. A FEM analysis was conducted to chart the static and dynamic tensions during one rotation and the chain was assessed for fatigue. The GCI chain can be used worldwide for motorcycles, passenger cars, buses, and trucks, as well as for trains, offshore equipment, the shipping industry, and windmills.
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