Cam Design and Manufacturing Handbook, Second Edition

Cam Design and Manufacturing Handbook, Second Edition

Robert L Norton


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Painstakingly revised, the second edition of Cam Design and Manufacturing Handbook brings together the latest cam design technology, proper cam design and manufacturing procedures, and recent cam research results in one volume that is indispensable to the design and manufacturing of cam-follower systems. Among the new coverage you will find: a treatment of shape-preserving spines for valve cams, equations for calculation of 3-D globoidal cams, multi-DOF cam-follower system models, equations for the calculation of compensation cams that  completely cancel inertial torque on a camshaft, and equations to model the deliberate impact of a cam follower against a valve seat or a hard-stop.


Covering both introductory and more advanced topics in depth, this comprehensive handbook provides all the information you need to properly design, model, analyze, specify, and manufacture cam-follower systems, including:

  • Proper Cam Design Techniques           
  • Polydyne & Splinedyne Cams
  • Single- and Multi-Dwell Cams   
  • Cam Profile Definition
  • Classical Cam Functions
  • Cutter Compensation
  • Polynomial Cams                     
  • Conjugate Cams
  • Spline Functions for Cams       
  • Cam Materials & Manufacturing Techniques
  • Pressure Angle & Radius of Curvature
  • Stress Analysis of the Cam-Follower Joint
  • Radial, Barrel and Linear Cams            
  • Lubrication of the Cam-Follower Joint
  • Translating & Oscillating Followers
  • Measurement of Cam-Follower Dynamics                  
  • Roller & Flat-Faced Followers   
  • Forward & Inverse Dynamic Analyses 
  • Residual Vibrations 
  • Case Studies of Cam Designs
  • An Extensive Bibliography of the Cam  Literature

Robert L. Norton, P. E. is author of two of the most successful college textbooks in mechanical engineering. They have sold many tens of thousands of copies. He has 50 years of teaching experience at Northeastern, Tufts, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he is the Milton Prince Higgins II Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he has published many technical papers and holds 13 U.S. patents. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as a key consultant and contributor to the Machinery's Handbook.


  • Introduction
  • Unacceptable Cam Curves
  • Double-Dwell Cam Curves
  • Single-Dwell Cam Curves
  • Spline Functions
  • Critical Path Motion (CPM) Cam Curves
  • Cam Size Determination
  • Dynamics of Cam Systems-Modeling Fundamentals
  • Dynamics of Cam Systems-Force, Torque, Vibration
  • Modeling Cam-Follower Systems
  • Residual Vibrations in Cam-Follower Systems
  • Failure of Cam Systems-Stress, Wear, Corrosion
  • Cam Profile Determination
  • Cam Materials and Manufacturing
  • Lubrication of Cam Systems
  • Measuring Cam-Follower Performance
  • Case Studies
  • Cam Design Guidelines
  • Appendix A: Computer Programs
  • Appendix B: Material Properties
  • Appendix C: Geometric Properties
  • Appendix D: Spring Data
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Index