A fully mechanical infinitely variable transmission (IVT) based on the use of an oscillating inertia is described. The system includes a four-bar linkage mechanism, an epicyclic gear train and a pair of one-way clutches. The proposed IVT can be used in place of both gear-box and clutch in self-propelled vehicles. A basic model is used for a first attempt sizing of the transmission kinematic parameters. A more accurate model, achieved using Bond Graphs, is used to investigate the dynamic effect of inertias, one-way clutch compliance, and minor design changes in the kinematic parameters. Finally, simulations compare the behavior of a car fitted with a manual gear-box and the same car fitted with the proposed IVT.

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