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Universal Joints Supplier, UK

Universal joints are flexible mechanical connectors used to transmit rotary motion from one shaft to another shaft that is not in line with the first, or when alignment varies. There are two types of universal joints, defined by their number of bending joints.

The first type of univarsal joint has one bending aspect. As a result of this it is capable of operating up to a 45º angle.

The second style is the double joint style. This has two bending joints; the double u-joint can operate up to 90º angles.

Steel is the most common material used, either in stainless form; or alloyed with other metals to handle greater torque and temperature

Universal joints can also be known as a universal coupling, U-Joint and UJs.

Single Universal Joints

Available with plain bearings or needle roller bearings. Plain bore and keyed bores stocked as standard, hex or square shaped bores on request.

Double Universal Joints

Available with plain bearings or needle roller bearings. Plain bore and keyed bores stocked as standard, hex or square shaped bores on request.

Stainless Steel Universal Joints

Single and double universal joints with plain bearings and plain bores. Keyed, hex, or square shaped bores available on request.

When one single joint is coupled with two shafts (of which the driving one is rotating at a constant speed) forming an angle, a periodic variation of the driven shaft is caused with exactly four fluctuations per revolution.

The difference between the maximum and the minimum speed of the driven shaft depends on the angle formed by the two shafts. The difference grows with the an increase of the angle a°. To have a homokinetic transmission, either two opposite single joints (ensuing that that the two central yokes lie on the same plane and the angles are equal) or a double joint need to be fitted. The irregularity caused by the former articulation is cancelled by the latter. The overall length resulting from the coupling of the two single joints can be reduced by using a double joint. In other words, the double joint is to be considered as the shortest homokinetic transmission.

For low speed applications (Max. 1000 rpm), joints with plain bearings (rubbing bearings) are suggested. They are able to support shock loads, motion reversals, irregular runnings and relatively high torques. The working angles must be be restricted when using at speeds between 500 - 1000 rpm. Please consult our technical department if you have such an application.

For high rotation speeds, relatively low torques or wide angles, joints with needle roller bearings are preferred. They can reach 4000 RPM dependent on the angle.








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