Experimental Study of Cardan-Joint Dynamics

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I. S. Fischer

Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102

J. K. de Waal

Ohaus Corp., Floram Park, NJ 07932

J. Mech. Des 117(4), 526-531 (Dec 01, 1995) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826714 History: Received October 01, 1994; Revised June 01, 1995; Online December 11, 2007


An experiment has been conducted indicating invalidity of the assumption of negligible intermediate-joint axial forces in Cardan joint (universal joint) dynamic analysis. It has been observed that increased driveline torque induces the radially-inward deflection of the yoke arms of a Cardan joint, while increased speed will deflect the yoke arms outward. Some suggestions are given to optimize Cardan joints for either high torque or high speed.

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