I already searched through all the stickies and program database for anything I thought might help me, and found nothing I can figure will, so I'm asking here.
I am looking to plan out some special clocks, and while I know what ends I need to achieve, I don't know of any program for linux
that could help me calculate the special gear train ratios I need.
See, these are going to be astronomical clocks, for my own personal use. They involve some more complicated gear ratios that are non-standard,
and thus, not easy for me to calculate without software- I can, but it is arduous to say the least.
For example, I'm trying to make a new solar-sidereal gear train, and need to create a gear ratio of exactly 1:1.0027379.
I know others have done this with between 4-20 some odd gears, but I need to create something new.
Basically, what I need is something that can take a given final ratio, and show me what in whole numbers in the form of fractions
what numbers for a given number of gears can make the ratios I need.
For example, here's a version of what watchmaker Breguet came up with:
(51 teeth/82 teeth) x (79 teeth/49 teeth) = 1: 1.00273768 (solar:sideral ratio; the true ratio for the spacial relation is 1:1.0027379)
Using that kind of clockmaker's layout, I need something that can help me calculate for, given the number of fractions (each a gear and pinion combo)
I choose to use, and a final given ratio, whole numbers that will produce the result.
I'm sure this would be simple for some sort of existing software, probably some form of spreadsheet calculation, but I am a novice in such matters,
and am not sure what would work best for this.
Can anyone point me in the right direction for what can do this? Any sort of astronomical phenomena calculation program suggestions would be welcome too.
I just haven't been able to find much despite looking for a few years on and off now!