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US6550869: Vehicle axle assembly

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Johann Dantele ·
Assignee(s) Otto Sauer Achsenfabrik Keilberg ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P. ·
Primary Examiner S. Joseph Morano ·
Assistant Examiner Frantz F. Jules ·
Application Number US9920822
Filing date 08/03/2001
Issue date 04/22/2003
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 08/03/2021
U.S. Classifications 301/124.1  · 301/137  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB2
International Classifications 280124-128 · 3011241 · 301137 · 301125 · 301127 · 301132 · 301131 · 280124116 · 28012411 · 280124132 · 180905 ·
Foreign Priority DE10113674 - 03/21/2001 ·
13 Claims, 2 Drawings


Abstract

An axle unit with a vehicle axle a rigid axle body as an axle tube, with one radial arm each on both ends thereof. The radial arms are rigidly connected with the axle body, and one region of the arms forms the lower support for a spring element. The axle body and the two radial arms jointly are formed of two integral cast part halves that have been welded with one another along a partition line extending substantially in a horizontal plane.

Independent Claims | See all claims (13)

  1. 1. A vehicle axle assembly comprising: a top part integrally comprising a top rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said top rigid axle body portion and said second end of said top rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a top first radial arm portion at said first end of said top rigid axle body portion, and a top second radial arm portion at said second end of said top rigid axle body portion; a bottom part integrally comprising a bottom rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion and said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a bottom first radial arm portion at said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion, and a bottom second radial arm portion at said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion; a first bearing sleeve positioned in a first front end at first stationary bearing point; a second bearing sleeve positioned in a second front end at second stationary bearing point; a first through hole positioned in said first front end; a second through hole positioned in said second front end, a first set of through holes positioned in said first region; and a second set of through holes positioned in said second region, wherein said top part is connected to said bottom part such that said top rigid axle body portion, said top first radial arm portion, and said top second radial arm portion, connect with said bottom rigid axle body portion, said bottom first radial arm portion, and said bottom second radial arm portion, respectively, wherein the connected said top first radial arm portion and said bottom first radial arm portion comprises said first front end having said first stationary bearing point, and a first back end having said first region capable of supporting a spring element, and wherein the connected said top second radial arm portion and said bottom second radial arm portion comprises said second front end having said second stationary bearing point, and a second back end having said second region capable of supporting a spring element.
  2. 2. A vehicle axle assembly comprising: a top part integrally comprising a top rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said top rigid axle body portion and said second end of said top rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a top first radial arm portion at said first end of said top rigid axle body portion, and a top second radial arm portion at said second end of said top rigid axle body portion; a bottom part integrally comprising a bottom rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion and said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a bottom first radial arm portion at said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion, and a bottom second radial arm portion at said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion; a first through hole positioned in a first front end; and a second through hole positioned in a second front end, wherein said top part is connected to said bottom part such that said top rigid axle body portion, said top first radial arm portion, and said top second radial arm portion, connect with said bottom rigid axle body portion, said bottom first radial arm portion, and said bottom second radial arm portion, respectively, wherein the connected said top first radial arm portion and said bottom first radial arm portion comprise said first front end having a first stationary bearing point, and a first back end having a first region capable of supporting a spring element, and wherein the connected said top second radial arm portion and said bottom second radial arm portion comprises said second front end having a second stationary bearing point, and a second back end having a second region capable of supporting a spring element.
  3. 4. A vehicle axle assembly comprising: a top part integrally comprising a top rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said top rigid axle body portion and said second end of said top rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a top first radial arm portion at said first end of said top rigid axle body portion, and a top second radial arm portion at said second end of said top rigid axle body portion; a bottom part integrally comprising a bottom rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion and said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a bottom first radial arm portion at said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion, and a bottom second radial arm portion at said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion; a first set of through holes positioned in a first region; and a second set of through holes positioned in a second region, wherein said top part is connected to said bottom part such that said top rigid axle body portion, said top first radial arm portion, and said top second radial arm portion, connect with said bottom rigid axle body portion, said bottom first radial arm portion, and said bottom second radial arm portion, respectively, wherein the connected said top first radial arm portion and said bottom first radial arm portion comprises a first front end having a first stationary bearing point, and a first back end having said first region capable of supporting a spring element, and wherein the connected said top second radial arm portion and said bottom second radial arm portion comprises a second front end having a second stationary bearing point, and a second back end having said second region capable of supporting a spring element.
  4. 5. A vehicle axle assembly comprising: a top part integrally comprising a top rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said top rigid axle body portion and said second end of said top rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a top first radial arm portion at said first end of said top rigid axle body portion, and a top second radial arm portion at said second end of said top rigid axle body portion; and a bottom part integrally comprising a bottom rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion and said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a bottom first radial arm portion at said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion, and a bottom second radial arm portion at said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion; wherein said top part is connected to said bottom part such that said top rigid axle body portion, said top first radial arm portion, and said top second radial arm portion, connect with said bottom rigid axle body portion, said bottom first radial arm portion, and said bottom second radial arm portion, respectively, wherein said top part is connected to said bottom part by a weld.
  5. 6. A vehicle axle assembly comprising: a top formed part integrally comprising a top rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said top rigid axle body portion and said second end of said top rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a top first radial arm portion at said first end of said top rigid axle body portion, and a top second radial arm portion at said second end of said top rigid axle body portion; a bottom formed part integrally comprising a bottom rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion and said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a bottom first radial arm portion at said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion, and a bottom second radial arm portion at said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion; a first bearing sleeve positioned in a first front end at said first stationary bearing point; a second bearing sleeve positioned in a second front end at said second stationary bearing point; a first through hole positioned in a first front end; and a second through hole positioned in a second front end, wherein said top formed part is connected to said bottom formed part along a partition line extending essentially in a plane such that said top rigid axle body portion, said top first radial arm portion, and said top second radial arm portion, connect with said bottom rigid axle body portion, said bottom first radial arm portion, and said bottom second radial arm portion, respectively, wherein said top formed part and said bottom formed part includes a hollow volume therebetween, wherein the connected said top first radial arm portion and said bottom first radial arm portion comprises said first front end having said first stationary bearing point, and a first back end having a first region capable of supporting a spring element, and wherein the connected said top second radial arm portion and said bottom second radial arm portion comprises said second front end having said second stationary bearing point, and a second back end having a second region capable of supporting a spring element.
  6. 8. A vehicle axle assembly comprising: a top formed part integrally comprising a top rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said top rigid axle body portion and said second end of said top rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a top first radial arm portion at said first end of said top rigid axle body portion, and a top second radial arm portion at said second end of said top rigid axle body portion; a bottom formed part integrally comprising a bottom rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion and said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a bottom first radial arm portion at said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion, and a bottom second radial arm portion at said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion; a first through hole positioned in a first front end; and a second through hole positioned in a second front end, wherein said top formed part is connected to said bottom formed part along a partition line extending essentially in a plane such that said top rigid axle body portion, said top first radial arm portion, and said top second radial arm portion, connect with said bottom rigid axle body portion, said bottom first radial arm portion, and said bottom second radial arm portion, respectively, wherein said top formed part and said bottom formed part includes a hollow volume therebetween, wherein the connected said top first radial arm portion and said bottom first radial arm portion comprises said first front end having a first stationary bearing point, and a first back end having a first region capable of supporting a spring element, and wherein the connected said top second radial arm portion and said bottom second radial arm portion comprises said second front end having a second stationary bearing point, and a second back end having a second region capable of supporting a spring element.
  7. 11. A vehicle axle assembly comprising: a top formed part integrally comprising a top rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said top rigid axle body portion and said second end of said top rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a top first radial arm portion at said first end of said top rigid axle body portion, and a top second radial arm portion at said second end of said top rigid axle body portion; a bottom formed part integrally comprising a bottom rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion and said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a bottom first radial arm portion at said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion, and a bottom second radial arm portion at said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion; a first set of through holes positioned in a first region; and a second set of through holes positioned in a second region, wherein said top formed part is connected to said bottom formed part along a partition line extending essentially in a plane such that said top rigid axle body portion, said top first radial arm portion, and said top second radial arm portion, connect with said bottom rigid axle body portion, said bottom first radial arm portion, and said bottom second radial arm portion, respectively, wherein said top formed part and said bottom formed part includes a hollow volume therebetween, wherein the connected said top first radial arm portion and said bottom first radial arm portion comprises a first front end having a first stationary bearing point, and a first back end having said first region capable of supporting a spring element, and wherein the connected said top second radial arm portion and said bottom second radial arm portion comprises a second front end having a second stationary bearing point, and a second back end having said second region capable of supporting a spring element.
  8. 12. A vehicle axle assembly comprising: a top formed part integrally comprising a top rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said top rigid axle body portion and said second end of said top rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a top first radial arm portion at said first end of said top rigid axle body portion, and a top second radial arm portion at said second end of said top rigid axle body portion; and a bottom formed part integrally comprising a bottom rigid axle body portion having a first end and a second end, said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion and said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion being separated by a length, a bottom first radial arm portion at said first end of said bottom rigid axle body portion, and a bottom second radial arm portion at said second end of said bottom rigid axle body portion; wherein said top formed part is connected to said bottom formed part along a partition line extending essentially in a plane such that said top rigid axle body portion, said top first radial arm portion, and said top second radial arm portion, connect with said bottom rigid axle body portion, said bottom first radial arm portion, and said bottom second radial arm portion, respectively, wherein said top formed part and said bottom formed part includes a hollow volume therebetween, and wherein said top formed part is connected to said bottom formed part by a weld.

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