(19)
(11)EP 2 775 157 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
13.01.2021 Bulletin 2021/02

(21)Application number: 14158436.7

(22)Date of filing:  07.03.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
F16D 3/06(2006.01)
F16D 3/38(2006.01)

(54)

Slip yoke assembly

Überstülpgabelanordnung

Ensemble fourche coulissante


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 08.03.2013 US 201313790845

(43)Date of publication of application:
10.09.2014 Bulletin 2014/37

(73)Proprietor: Dana Automotive Systems Group , LLC
Maumee, OH 43537 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Smith, DaWuan A.
    Sylvania, OH Ohio 43560 (US)
  • Line, Joshua D.
    McComb, OH Ohio 45858 (US)

(74)Representative: Pfenning, Meinig & Partner mbB 
Patent- und Rechtsanwälte Joachimsthaler Straße 10-12
10719 Berlin
10719 Berlin (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
CN-Y- 2 639 057
US-A1- 2003 127 908
US-A- 5 562 546
US-B1- 6 183 370
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF INVENTION



    [0001] This invention relates in general to universal joints. In particular, this invention relates to a slip yoke assembly for use with a universal joint in a vehicle driveshaft assembly. Slip yokes are described e.g. in US 5 562 546, US 6 183 370, US 2003/0127908 A1 and CN 2639057 Y.

    [0002] Slip yoke assemblies are used to transmit torque. Typical slip yoke assemblies include a slip yoke having internal splines which interconnect with splines on a transmission output shaft, transfer case output shaft or driveshaft. Lubricant such as grease, oil, transmission fluid or the like is used to tolerate axial translation between the shaft and the slip yoke when they are connected.

    [0003] An end of the slip yoke is closed to retain or seal the lubricant and prevent dust and other contaminants from entering. Preferably, a fluid tight closure is provided. However, slip yoke assemblies are typically required to perform over an extended period of time, under heavy torque loads. Thus, lubricant leakage from or contaminants entering the end of the slip yoke assembly is common in the known assemblies. Both lubricant leakage and entering contaminants shorten the efficient life of the slip yoke assembly which is undesirable.

    [0004] Therefore, it would be desirable to provide an improved slip yoke assembly which offers significant improvements in lubricant leakage from and preventing contaminants from entering an end of the assembly.

    BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0005] In an embodiment, a slip yoke assembly is provided according to claim 1.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING



    [0006] The above, as well as other advantages of the present invention will become readily apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description when considered in the light of the accompanying drawings in which:

    FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a slip yoke assembly in accordance with the invention;

    FIG. 2 is a partial cross sectional view of an embodiment of the slip yoke assembly of FIG. 1;

    FIG. 3 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of a portion of the slip yoke assembly of FIG. 2;

    FIG. 4 is a partial cross-sectional view of a portion of a slip yoke suitable for use in the slip yoke assembly;

    FIG. 4A is a cross-sectional view of portions of a slip yoke assembly in accordance with the invention taken prior to forming a lip of the slip yoke assembly;

    FIG. 5 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a plug suitable for use in the slip yoke assembly;

    FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view of the plug of FIG. 5;

    FIG. 6A is a cross-sectional view of an embodiment of a plug suitable for use in the slip yoke assembly;

    FIG. 7 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a plug suitable for use in the slip yoke assembly;

    FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view of the plug of FIG. 7;

    FIG. 9 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a plug suitable for use in the slip yoke assembly; and

    FIG. 10 is a cross-sectional view of the plug of FIG. 9.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0007] It is to be understood that the invention may assume various alternative orientations and step sequences, except where expressly specified to the contrary. It is also to be understood that the specific assemblies and features illustrated in the attached drawings, and described in the following specification are simply exemplary embodiments of the inventive concepts. Hence, specific dimensions, directions, or other physical characteristics relating to the embodiments disclosed are not to be considered as limiting, unless expressly stated otherwise. Also, although they may not be, like elements in various embodiments may be commonly referred to with like reference numerals within this section of the application.

    [0008] A slip yoke assembly is provided. The slip yoke assembly will be described in connection with a universal joint for a vehicle. It would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art that the various embodiments of the slip yoke assembly described herein may have applications to on-highway or off-highway vehicles. Furthermore, it would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art that these embodiments could have industrial, locomotive, and aerospace applications.

    [0009] Referring now to the drawings, there is illustrated in FIGs. 1-3 an embodiment of a slip yoke assembly 20 which hereinafter may also be referred to as the "assembly."

    [0010] As depicted, the slip yoke assembly 20 comprises a slip yoke 22. The slip yoke 22 is preferably formed from a metallic material such as steel and iron. The slip yoke 22 includes a hollow cylindrical body 24 and is rotatable about a longitudinal axis 26. The body 24 includes an outer cylindrical surface 28, a first end 30, and a second end 32.

    [0011] The slip yoke 22 also includes a pair of opposed lug ears 36, 38. Each lug ear 36, 38 is attached to the body 24 and extends in a generally axial direction from the body 24. Each lug ear 36, 38 has a generally cylindrical opening 40, 42 formed therethrough. The openings 40, 42 are coaxial with one another.

    [0012] Each lug ear 36, 38 includes an inner surface 44 and an outer surface 46.

    [0013] The inner surface 44 extends from each opening 40, 42 to a lip 48. The outer surface 46 extends from an opposite end of each opening 40, 42 to the body 24. Each lug ear 36, 38 includes a pair of side surfaces 50, 50A, 52, 52A between the inner surface 44 and the outer surface 46.

    [0014] As shown best in FIGs. 2-3, the slip yoke 22 comprises a long bore 54 extending through the body 24. The long bore 54 extends between the first end 30 and the second end 32. The long bore 54 defines an inner surface 56 of the body 24. The long bore 54 has a major diameter 59 defined by the inner surface 56 that is of a radial length. The long bore 54 is splined and has a plurality of splined teeth 58 formed thereon. The teeth 58 extend longitudinally and the length of the long bore 54. The teeth 58 also extend radially inward.

    [0015] The long bore receives and interconnects with a splined end portion (not depicted) of a driveshaft (not depicted) or another attaching member (not depicted). The splined end portion extends through the long bore 54 and ends adjacent the second end 32. The splined end portion can slide axially relative to the long bore 54 under certain conditions.

    [0016] The slip yoke 22 has a counterbore 60 at the second end 32 of the long bore 54. The counterbore 60 comprises a first diameter 62 and a second diameter 64. The first diameter 62 and second diameter 64 are located radially about the longitudinal axis 26 of the slip yoke 22. The second diameter 64 is of a length which is greater than the first diameter 62. The first diameter 62 is of a length which is greater than that of the major diameter 59 of the long bore 54.

    [0017] As best illustrated in FIG. 4, where portions of the assembly 20 have been removed for the purpose of describing features of the slip yoke 22, the first diameter 62 is defined by a first wall 66. On an end 68, the first wall 66 is attached to a seal surface 70. The seal surface 70 extends radially inward from the first wall 66. The seal surface 70 is also attached to the inner surface 56 of the long bore 54. The seal surface 70 separates the first wall 66 from the long bore 54.

    [0018] On an opposite end 72, the first wall 66 is attached to a stop portion 74. The stop portion 74 is provided to limit the amount of compression that is experienced by an elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C when the assembly 20 is formed. The stop portion 74 extends radially outward from the first wall 66.

    [0019] The stop portion 74 comprises an inclined surface 78 and an inboard edge 80. The inboard edge 80 is attached to the first wall 66 and the inclined surface 78. The inclined surface 78 is attached to a concave receiving portion 82. As illustrated in FIG. 3, the concave receiving portion 82 receives a portion of a plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C when the assembly 20 is formed.

    [0020] The concave receiving portion 82 is attached to a second wall 86. The second wall 86 defines the second diameter 64. The concave receiving portion 82 is provided radially inward from the second wall 86. As illustrated in FIG. 3, the second wall 86 is also attached to the lip 48.

    [0021] The lip 48 comprises a radial surface 88, an outer surface 90 and an inclined surface 92. The outer surface 90 is attached to an end 94 of the inclined surface 92. On an opposite end 96, the inclined surface 92 is attached to the inner surface 44 of the lug ears 36, 38. The outer surface 90 is also attached to the radial surface 88. The radial surface 88 is attached to the second wall 86.

    [0022] Preferably, the lip is annular. In an embodiment, the lip 48 is contiguous. In this embodiment, the lip 48 defines a diameter 98 which is of a length that is greater than that of the first diameter 62 but less than that of the second diameter 64. The lip 48 is formed by a staking.

    [0023] The slip yoke assembly comprises the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C. Preferably, the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C is formed from a metallic material such as steel or copper. Embodiments of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C which are suitable for use in the slip yoke assembly 20 are best shown in FIGs. 5-10, which will be utilized to illustrate and describe various features of these embodiments of the plug. It should be appreciated that the features illustrated and described for one embodiment of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C can be utilized in the other embodiments of the plug shown in FIGs. 5-10. Additionally, it should be appreciated that in certain embodiments (not depicted), the slip yoke assembly 20 is not limited to the embodiments of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C shown in FIGs. 5-10.

    [0024] Preferably, the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C is of a welch type. The plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C comprises an outer edge 100, a first surface 102 and a second surface 104. The first surface 102 and the second surface 104 each comprise an outer edge portion 106, 106A. Referring now to FIG. 3, the lip 48 is preferably formed over the outer edge 100 and about the outer edge portion 106A of the second surface 104. The inboard edge 80 of the stop portion 74 contacts the outer edge portion 106 of the first surface 102. The outer edge 100 of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C faces and abuts the second wall 86 of the slip yoke 22. The outer edge 100 defines an outer diameter 108 of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C.

    [0025] Referring now to the embodiments illustrated in FIGs. 5-6, 6A and 9-10, the first surface 102 and second surface 104 of the plug 84, 84A, 84C may be provided in a parallel relationship with each other. However, the plug is not limited to having parallel first and second surfaces. For example, as shown in FIGs. 7-8, the first surface 102 and second surface 104 may not be provided in a parallel relationship with each other. In this embodiment, the plug 84B may be dome-shaped. Additionally, as illustrated in FIG. 6A, in an embodiment a chamfered surface 103 may be provided about the first surface 102 and between the outer edge and the first surface 102. In this embodiment, the chamfered surface 103 is attached to the first surface 102 on an end and the outer edge 100 on an opposite end.

    [0026] The elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C is secured to the first surface 102 of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C. Most preferably, the elastomeric member 76, 76C, 76C is permanently secured to the first surface 102 of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C. The elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C is preferably secured to the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C via an adhesive.

    [0027] Preferably, the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C is formed from a rubber material. Suitable rubber materials for use in forming the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C are polyacrylate, ethylene acrylate, nitrile, and ethylene acrylic rubber and blends thereof. However, in other embodiments, the elastomeric member is not limited to the above-listed materials and may be formed from other materials.

    [0028] The elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C comprises an outer edge portion 110 and an inner portion 112, 112B, 112C. The outer edge portion 110 is of a thickness which is greater than the thickness of the inner portion 112, 112B, 112C. Preferably, the outer edge portion 110 and the inner portion 112, 112B, 112C are formed in a unitary manner.

    [0029] The elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C may comprise a generally circular-shape. In an embodiment, the elastomeric member 76, 76B may be ring-shaped such that it comprises an inner diameter 114 which defines an aperture which extends through the elastomeric member 76, 76B. In another embodiment, the elastomeric member 76C is a solid body and may be generally disk-shaped.

    [0030] The outer edge portion 110 comprises a sealing portion 116, an outer end wall 118 and an inner end wall 120. The outer end wall 118 is attached to the sealing portion 116 on a side thereof and the inner end wall 120 is attached to the sealing portion 116 on an opposite side thereof. The sealing portion 116 comprises a bonding surface 122 and a sealing surface 124. The bonding surface 122 is attached to the first surface 102 of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C. The sealing surface 124 is attached to the seal surface 70 of the slip yoke 22.

    [0031] Prior to forming the assembly 20, the sealing surface 124 may be rounded as shown best in, for example, in FIGs. 6, 6A, 8 and 10. However, during formation of the assembly 20, the outer edge portion 110 may radially deform so that the sealing surface 124 can conform to the contour of the seal surface 70 as is shown in FIG. 3. Thus, when the assembly 20 is formed, the sealing surface 124 may be flat and extend radially between the inner end wall 120 and outer end wall 118.

    [0032] The inner end wall 120, 120B defines a first inner diameter 126, 126B and the outer end wall 118 defines a first outer diameter 128, 128B of the outer edge portion 110, 110B. Preferably, the first outer diameter 128, 128B is of a length which is less than that of the outer diameter 108 of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C. In certain embodiments, the inner portion 112, 112B defines a second inner diameter 130, 130B. In these embodiments, first inner diameter 126, 126B is of a length which is greater than that of the second inner diameter 130, 130B. However, in other embodiments like the one illustrated in FIGs. 9-10, the inner portion 112C does not define a second inner diameter. Instead, in this embodiment, the inner portion 112C is of a generally circular shape and covers a generally circular portion 132 of the first surface 102 of the plug 84C.

    [0033] Referring now to FIG. 4A, the slip yoke assembly 20 is formed by providing the slip yoke 22 and positioning the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C and elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C within the counterbore 60. As illustrated, a space 134 is provided between the first wall 66 and the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C. Next, the lip 48 is formed by staking and the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C is compressed such that it deforms radially in the direction of the space 134 and toward the long bore 54. As illustrated best in FIG. 3, when the assembly 20 is formed the space 134 is no longer present having been replaced by portions of the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C.

    [0034] As illustrated best in FIG. 3, the first wall 66 is of thickness which is less than the thickness of the outer edge portion 110 of the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C. As such, the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C is compressed when the slip yoke assembly 20 is formed. More specifically, the outer edge portion 110 of the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C is compressed when the assembly 20 is formed. Preferably, the outer edge portion 110 is compressed by about 10-50%. More preferably, the outer edge portion 110 is compressed by about 19-32%. Maintaining the compression of the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C in the aforementioned ranges provides a fluid tight seal at the end of the slip yoke 22 and allows the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C to retain its resilience.

    [0035] When the slip yoke assembly 20 is formed, the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C is disposed within the first diameter 62 of the counterbore 60. The plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C is disposed within the second diameter 64 of the counterbore 60 and is secured to the slip yoke 22 by the lip 48. The lip 48 is formed over the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C. Preferably, the lip 48 is contiguous and formed annularly about the outer edge portion 106A of the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C. In an embodiment, the plug 84, 84A, 84B, 84C is of a thickness which is less than the thickness of the counterbore 60 but greater than the thickness of the outer edge portion 110 of the elastomeric member 76, 76B, 76C.

    [0036] The foregoing description is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and assemblies shown and described herein. Accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be considered as falling within the scope of the invention as defined by the claims which follow.


    Claims

    1. A slip yoke assembly (20), comprising:

    a slip yoke (22) having a body (24) with a long bore (54) extending between a first end (30) and a second end (32) thereof and a counterbore (60) at the second end of the long bore (54), wherein a pair of opposed lug ears (38) extend in a general axial direction from the body (24) and the counterbore (60) has a first diameter (62) and a second diameter (64), wherein the first diameter (62) is greater than a major diameter (59) of the long bore (54) and the second diameter (64) is greater than the first diameter (62); and

    a plug (84) having an elastomeric member (76) secured to a surface of the plug (84), wherein the elastomeric member (76) is disposed within the first diameter (62) and the plug (84) is disposed within the second diameter (64), and wherein the plug (84) is secured to the slip yoke by a lip (48) formed over the plug (84), characterised in that, the lip (48) is formed by staking when the plug (84) is already positioned within the counterbore (60).


     
    2. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by claim 1, wherein the first diameter (62) is defined by a first wall (66) which is of thickness that is less than a thickness of an outer edge portion (106) of the elastomeric member (76).
     
    3. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the preceding claims, wherein the second diameter (64) is defined by a second wall (86) which is attached to a concave receiving portion (82) is provided radially inward from the second wall (86).
     
    4. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the preceding claims, wherein the elastomeric member (76) is permanently secured to the plug (84).
     
    5. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the preceding claims, wherein the lip (48) is annular, contiguous and formed about an outer edge portion (106) of the plug (84).
     
    6. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the preceding claims, wherein a fluid tight seal is provided at the second end of the slip yoke (20).
     
    7. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the preceding claims, wherein the plug (84) is dome-shaped and/or comprises a first surface (102) and a second surface (104) which is in a parallel relationship with the first surface.
     
    8. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the preceding claims, wherein the elastomeric member (76) comprises an outer edge portion (110) and an inner portion (112).
     
    9. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the preceding claims, wherein the elastomeric member (76) is secured to the plug (84) via an adhesive and/or wherein the elastomeric member is ring-shaped and/or wherein the elastomeric member is generally disk-shaped.
     
    10. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the claims 3 to 9, wherein the concave receiving portion (82) receives a portion of the plug (84).
     
    11. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the claims 3 to 10, wherein the plug (84) is of a thickness which is less than a thickness of the second wall (86).
     
    12. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the claims 8 to 11, wherein the inner portion (112) of the elastomeric member (76) defines a second inner diameter of a length which is less than a diameter defined by an inner end wall (120).
     
    13. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the claims 8 to 12, wherein the outer edge portion (110) of the elastomeric member (76) is of a thickness which is greater than a thickness of the inner portion (112) of the elastomeric member (76).
     
    14. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the claims 8 to 13, wherein the outer edge portion (110) of the elastomeric member (76) is compressed by about 10-50% or by about 19-32%.
     
    15. The slip yoke assembly (20) defined by one of the claims 8 to 14, wherein the outer edge portion (110) of the elastomeric member (76) comprises a sealing surface (124) which is attached to a seal surface (70) of the slip yoke (22) to provide a fluid tight seal at the end of the slip yoke (22).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Gleitjochanordnung (20), umfassend:

    ein Gleitjoch (22), aufweisend einen Körper (24) mit einer langen Bohrung (54), die sich zwischen einem ersten Ende (30) und einem zweiten Ende (32) davon erstreckt, und einer Gegenbohrung (60) am zweiten Ende der langen Bohrung (54), wobei sich ein Paar gegenüberliegender Mitnehmerohren (38) in einer allgemein axialen Richtung von dem Körper (24) erstreckt und die Gegenbohrung (60) einen ersten Durchmesser (62) und einen zweiten Durchmesser (64) aufweist, wobei der erste Durchmesser (62) größer ist als ein Hauptdurchmesser (59) der langen Bohrung (54) und der zweite Durchmesser (64) größer ist als der erste Durchmesser (62); und

    einen Stopfen (84) mit einem elastomeren Element (76), gesichert an einer Oberfläche des Stopfens (84), wobei das elastomere Element (76) innerhalb des ersten Durchmessers (62) angeordnet ist und der Stopfen (84) innerhalb des zweiten Durchmessers (64) angeordnet ist, und wobei der Stopfen (84) an dem Gleitjoch durch eine über dem Stopfen (84) ausgebildete Lippe (48) gesichert ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Lippe (48) durch Stollen ausgebildet wird, wenn der Stopfen bereits innerhalb der Gegenbohrung (60) positioniert ist.


     
    2. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der erste Durchmesser (62) durch eine erste Wand (66) definiert ist, deren Dicke geringer als eine Dicke eines Außenrandabschnitts (106) des elastomeren Elements (76) ist.
     
    3. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei der zweite Durchmesser (64) durch eine zweite Wand (86) definiert ist, die an einem konkaven Aufnahmeabschnitt (82) befestigt ist, der von der zweiten Wand (86) radial nach innen bereitgestellt ist.
     
    4. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei das elastomere Element (76) dauerhaft an dem Stopfen (84) gesichert ist.
     
    5. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Lippe (48) ringförmig, zusammenhängend und um einen Außenrandabschnitt (106) des Stopfens (84) ausgebildet ist.
     
    6. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei die fluiddichte Dichtung am zweiten Ende des Gleitjochs (20) bereitgestellt ist.
     
    7. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Stopfen (84) domförmig ist und/oder eine erste Fläche (102) und eine zweite Fläche (104) umfasst, die in einer parallelen Beziehung zu der ersten Fläche ist.
     
    8. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei das elastomere Element (76) einen Außenrandabschnitt (110) und einen inneren Abschnitt (112) umfasst.
     
    9. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei das elastomere Element (76) an dem Stopfen (84) über einen Klebstoff gesichert ist, und/oder wobei das elastomere Element ringförmig ist, und/oder wobei das elastomere Element allgemein scheibenförmig ist.
     
    10. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der Ansprüche 3 bis 9, wobei der konkave Aufnahmeabschnitt (82) einen Abschnitt des Stopfens (84) aufnimmt.
     
    11. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der Ansprüche 3 bis 10, wobei der Stopfen (84) von einer Dicke ist, die geringer als eine Dicke der zweiten Wand (86) ist.
     
    12. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der Ansprüche 8 bis 11, wobei der innere Abschnitt (112) des elastomeren Elements (76) einen zweiten Innendurchmesser einer Länge definiert, die geringer als ein durch eine innere Abschlusswand (120) definierter Durchmesser ist.
     
    13. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der Ansprüche 8 bis 12, wobei der Außenrandabschnitt (110) des elastomeren Elements (76) von einer Dicke ist, die größer als eine Dicke des inneren Abschnitts (112) des elastomeren Elements (76) ist.
     
    14. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der Ansprüche 8 bis 13, wobei der Außenrandabschnitt (110) des elastomeren Elements (76) um etwa 10-50 % oder um etwa 19-32 % komprimiert ist.
     
    15. Gleitjochanordnung (20) nach einem der Ansprüche 8 bis 14, wobei der Außenrandabschnitt (110) des elastomeren Elements (76) eine Dichtungsfläche (124) umfasst, die an einer Dichtungsfläche (70) des Gleitjochs (22) befestigt ist, um am Ende des Gleitjochs (22) eine fluiddichte Dichtung bereitzustellen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20), comprenant :

    une fourche coulissante (22) qui comprend un corps (24) qui comporte un alésage long (54) qui s'étend entre sa première extrémité (30) et sa seconde extrémité (32) et un contre-alésage (60) au niveau de la seconde extrémité de l'alésage long (54), dans lequel les oreilles d'une paire d'oreilles sous forme de languettes opposées (38) s'étendent dans une direction générale axiale depuis le corps (24), et le contre-alésage (60) présente un premier diamètre (62) et un second diamètre (64), dans lequel le premier diamètre (62) est plus grand qu'un diamètre principal (59) de l'alésage long (54) et le second diamètre (64) est plus grand que le premier diamètre (62) ; et

    un bouchon (84) qui comporte un élément en élastomère (76) qui est fixé de façon ferme et sécurisée sur une surface du bouchon (84), dans lequel l'élément en élastomère (76) est disposé à l'intérieur du premier diamètre (62) et le bouchon (84) est disposé à l'intérieur du second diamètre (64), et dans lequel le bouchon (84) est fixé à la fourche coulissante au moyen d'une lèvre (48) qui est formée sur le bouchon (84), caractérisé en ce que la lèvre (48) est formée par déformation lorsque le bouchon (84) est déjà positionné à l'intérieur du contre-alésage (60).


     
    2. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le premier diamètre (62) est défini par une première paroi (66) qui est d'une épaisseur qui est plus faible qu'une épaisseur d'une partie de bord externe (106) de l'élément en élastomère (76).
     
    3. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le second diamètre (64) est défini par une seconde paroi (86) qui est liée à une partie de réception concave (82) qui est ménagée radialement vers l'intérieur par rapport à la seconde paroi (86).
     
    4. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'élément en élastomère (76) est fixé de façon ferme et sécurisée et de manière permanente au bouchon (84).
     
    5. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la lèvre (48) est annulaire et contiguë à une partie de bord externe (106) du bouchon (84) et elle est formée autour de cette même partie de bord externe.
     
    6. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel un moyen d'étanchéité étanche aux fluides est prévu au niveau de la seconde extrémité de la fourche coulissante (20).
     
    7. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le bouchon (84) est en forme de dôme et/ou comprend une première surface (102) et une seconde surface (104) qui est selon une relation parallèle par rapport à la première surface.
     
    8. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'élément en élastomère (76) comprend une partie de bord externe (110) et une partie interne (112).
     
    9. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'élément en élastomère (76) est fixé de façon ferme et sécurisée au bouchon (84) via un adhésif et/ou dans lequel l'élément en élastomère est en forme de bague et/ou dans lequel l'élément en élastomère présente la forme générale d'un disque.
     
    10. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications 3 à 9, dans lequel la partie de réception concave (82) reçoit une partie du bouchon (84).
     
    11. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications 3 à 10, dans lequel le bouchon (84) est d'une épaisseur qui est plus faible qu'une épaisseur de la seconde paroi (86).
     
    12. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications 8 à 11, dans lequel la partie interne (112) de l'élément en élastomère (76) définit un second diamètre interne d'une longueur qui est plus faible que celle d'un diamètre qui est défini par une paroi d'extrémité interne (120).
     
    13. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications 8 à 12, dans lequel la partie de bord externe (110) de l'élément en élastomère (76) est d'une épaisseur qui est plus importante qu'une épaisseur de la partie interne (112) de l'élément en élastomère (76).
     
    14. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications 8 à 13, dans lequel la partie de bord externe (110) de l'élément en élastomère (76) est comprimée selon environ 10 à 50 % ou selon environ 19 à 32 %.
     
    15. Ensemble de fourche coulissante (20) tel que défini selon l'une quelconque des revendications 8 à 14, dans lequel la partie de bord externe (110) de l'élément en élastomère (76) comprend une surface d'étanchéité (124) qui est liée à une surface d'étanchéité (70) de la fourche coulissante (22) pour constituer un moyen d'étanchéité étanche aux fluides au niveau de l'extrémité de la fourche coulissante (22).
     




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