Wheels and axles

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Technique: Wheels and axles
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ReusabilityReversible
Designers: Phil Jergenson, Timothy Schmidt
Tools: Wrenches
Parts: Frames, Nuts, Bolts, End caps, Axial bearings, Keyed shafts, Keys, Shaft collars, Wheel hubs, Wheels
Techniques: Tri joints

Introduction

A beam axle, rigid axle or solid axle is a dependent suspension design, in which a set of wheels is connected laterally by a single beam or shaft. Beam axles were once commonly used at the rear wheels of a vehicle, but historically they have also been used as front axles in four-wheel-drive vehicles. In most automobiles, beam axles have been replaced with front and rear independent suspensions.

Challenges

Approaches

Light duty: Modular go kart drive

Medium duty: Integrated transaxle

Variations

Heavy duty: 9 inch Ford bolt-on rear axle

  • housing
  • third member
  • pinion yoke
  • gearset
  • axles
  • bearings

References