RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

On the Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Homokinetic Transmission in Chains of Cardan Joints

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D. A. Johnson, P. Y. Willems

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

J. Mech. Des 115(2), 255-261 (Jun 01, 1993) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919185 History: Received December 01, 1990; Online June 02, 2008


The classical double universal joint for constant velocity ratio transmission is subject to strict geometrical requirements as regards configuration, and it is generally accepted that similar constraints also prevail for longer chains of joints. This paper examines the constant velocity conditions from a necessary point of view and establishes new configuration possibilities for chains of 3 or more joints, which allow to envisage more flexible design in some applications.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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