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Features of the Double Joint

Double joints are used to drive steerable rigid axles. Their main area of application is all-wheel drive goods vehicles. The dimensioning criteria below therefore relate to this area.


9.1 Axial Movement of Drive Shaft on Turning

In Fig. 27, 1 represents the fixed bearing driven shaft, 2 the mobile bearing drive shaft. A and B are joint bearings, 0 is the pivot pin axle.

If the joint is fitted such that rotation point 0 of the pivot pin axle agrees with centre point M of the extended joint, with the joint bent by deflection angle ß, unequal deflection angles ß1 and ß2 occur and hence unequal transmission as shown in Fig. 29 curve ß0 = 0° and y = 0.

Fig. 27:

Bild 27

Fig. 28:

Bild 28

Now by offsetting the centre M of the extended joint by a dimension y in the direction of the fixed bearing, a specific deflection angle can be made to give constant velocity (Fig. 28). A constant velocity angle ß0 of 32°-35° is favourable, as this gives the minimum unevenness the entire deflection angle range (Fig. 29).

Fig. 29:

The offset y to be applied in order to achieve totally constant velocity at deflection angle ß0 is:

Formel 41

When the joint is deflected, an axial displacement of the drive shaft 2 occurs, so this must therefore have mobile bearings. The maximum axial displacement is:

Formel 42

With a constant velocity angle of 32°:
y32º = 0,02 · l1
x40º = 0,0641 · l1 at 40° deflection angle,
x48º = 0,0944 · l1 at 48º deflection angle.

9.2 Axial Movement of the Drive Shafts with the Use of Offset Axis Universal Joints

This catalogue shows only double jointed shafts with offset angle universal joints. In the bent state, in addition to the movements described under 9.1, these also generate an axial movement which is performed twice every shaft rotation (Fig. 30).

In the 0° and180° positions of the double joint, the axis offsets l (AA' and BB') are added linearly to the joint spacing l1k (A'B').

Fig. 30:

In the 90° and 270° position of the double joint, the axis offsets l are added to the joint spacing l1k according to the directions of the individual deflection angles ß1' and ß2'.

The difference X of these sums is the movement described by the drive shaft of the double jointed shaft twice per rotation. This must be taken into account in the dimensions.

Movement travel X = X - X'

X is the displacement of the double joint in the 0° and 180° position as produced also in the double shaft without offset axis joints.

X' is the displacement produced when on deflection of the joint in the 180° and 270° position of the double jointed shaft with offset joints, due to the shorter joint interval.

Formel 43

With a constant velocity angle of 32°, assuming that l = 0,1 · l1 and thus:

l1k = l1 - 2 · L
X'40º = 0,0756 · l1k

Thus for movement travel X:

X40º = 0,0641 · l1 - 0,0513 · l1k
X48º = 0,0944 · l1 - 0,0756 · l1k

The axial movement of the drive shafts takes place in the area of the axial movement of the deflection, i.e. the cardan shaft is "shortened" twice per rotation.

9.3 Centre Displacement of Fork Head (Carrier Ring) with Deflected Joint

When designing the space required for the yoke, it must be noted that, in addition to the deflection and axial movement, its centre is displaced twice per rotation. The centre displacement e is greater on the drive shaft side than on the driven shaft side.

For the drive shaft side:

emax = (l + X) · sin ß2'

where the input drive deflection angle ß2' is calculated as follows:

Formel 44

For the drive shaft side:

emin = l · sin ß1'

where the drive deflection angel ß1' is the difference between the total deflection angle ß and the input drive deflection angle ß2'.

So ß1' = ß - ß2'

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