Roller Chain as a Transfer Drive for the Automobile

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D. N. C. Davies

Renold Limited

K. G. Gustafsson, K. E. Nordkvist

Saab Scania, Manchester, England

P. J. Owen

Experimental Department, Renold Limited, Manchester, England

J. Mech. Des 103(1), 19-28 (Jan 01, 1981) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254864 History: Received March 04, 1980; Online November 17, 2009


The paper is the result of a joint effort by Renold Ltd. and Saab Scania dealing with the development of a transfer drive system for a production Saab front wheel drive automobile. The drive consists of three simple roller chains staggered third of a tooth combined with automatic chain tensioning and adjustment. The design of the transfer drive is described - comparisons with gears - bearing arrangements - resulting economies etc. Development of the chain system is described together with details of automatic tensioning and load measurement. The Saab development program is dealt with including high-speed rig and road testing plus noise evaluation and assessment. The mass production aspect, quality control, and experience in service is also covered.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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