Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

First Advisor

Bahram Nassersharif


Gearing systems are a mechanical based systems that allow an input shaft torque to increase or decrease when it is transferred as an output shaft. Although the gearing system is an old creation that holds little mysteries in the current day, the complexities used to adapt it to new applications continues to grow. The invention discussed and researched in this paper goes in depth on how the gearing system was redesigned to accommodate new uses along with making the system more efficient.

A gearing system uses a solid surface to surface contact to transfer the torque from input to output. Overtime, the solid contact surface deteriorate due to friction and inefficiencies causing the destruction of the system in order to produce longer lasting gearing system that require less maintenance and reduce the wear within the system, a more efficient and durable process must be implemented.

This paper discusses the redesign of the common gearing system referred to as the non-contact torque transfer using ferrofluid. The ferrofluid gearing system was created within the bounds specified by the sponsor, Dr. Nassersharif. It has been designed to outlast other gearing systems, making it appeal to the customer demand through implementing magnets and ferrofluid. Through calculations and physical observations, the ferrofluid gearing system proved to work and the design concept is able to be patented.


Sponsor: Bahram Nassersharif