Patents by Inventor Wolfgang Beigang

Wolfgang Beigang has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200362925
    Abstract: The invention relates to an overunning clutch, comprising a torque-introducing clutch element, a torque-receiving clutch element and switching element, which is forced from an engagement position into a freewheeling position or from a freewheeling position into an engagement position in dependence on the direction of a sufficient change in the rotational angle position between the torque-introducing clutch element and the torque-receiving clutch element by means of an actuating force applied to the switching element by an actuator. According to the invention, the actuating force is a friction-induced actuating force, which is induced by means of a friction-force pairing between the actuator and a component of the overrunning clutch that is in frictional contact with the actuator and the actuator forms an interlockingly acting actuating stop, by means of which the actuating force acts on the switching element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Thomas Weckerling, Maximilian Werkhausen, Jan Haupt, Dirk Güth
  • Publication number: 20200277998
    Abstract: In an overrunning clutch, a clutch link axially overlaps another clutch link and a control element of a control mechanism, via which the axial displacement of a connecting link acting between the clutch links is initiated, is arranged on the radial inside of the overlap on the connecting link. The overrunning clutch is particularly suitable for use in a drive train of a motor vehicle and which can transmit high torque despite compactness in structure, operates extensively without noise in the overrunning direction, and has only low mass to be moved during a shifting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Thomas Weckerling
  • Patent number: 10100877
    Abstract: An inner joint part of a tripod constant velocity joint comprises a hub having an axis of rotation. Three projections extend radially outwardly. There is an adjoining transition region and a bearing region. A spherical circumferential surface of each projection forms a first surface line extending in a first plane. A resulting inner sphere contacts opposite points of the first surface line extending at least in first angle ranges adjacent to a respective point outside the inner sphere. A second surface line in a second plane touches the inner sphere at touch points only at the height of the largest diameter of the projection and extends at least in second angle ranges adjacent to the respective touch point within the inner sphere. A roller element has a convex inner circumferential surface, an extension line forming a radius having a maximum magnitude in a central region, less in an adjacent region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GKN Driveline International GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Ulrich Brochheuser, Orkan Eryilmaz
  • Patent number: 9926987
    Abstract: A plate carrier for a multi-plate clutch comprises: an annular member with a first circumferential face and a second circumferential face; a toothing in the first circumferential face of the annular member, having circumferentially distributed teeth and gaps; at least one groove in the second circumferential face of the annular member, wherein the groove extends over a circumferential portion of the annular member, wherein the groove and the toothing intersect one another, so that radial apertures are formed in the regions of intersection between the groove and the tooth gaps. A multi-plate clutch can be provided with such a plate carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Waldemar Rupp, Simon Broicher, Lukas Hoets
  • Publication number: 20170146073
    Abstract: A plate carrier for a multi-plate clutch comprises: an annular member with a first circumferential face and a second circumferential face; a toothing in the first circumferential face of the annular member, having circumferentially distributed teeth and gaps; at least one groove in the second circumferential face of the annular member, wherein the groove extends over a circumferential portion of the annular member, wherein the groove and the toothing intersect one another, so that radial apertures are formed in the regions of intersection between the groove and the tooth gaps. A multi-plate clutch can be provided with such a plate carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Waldemar Rupp, Simon Broicher, Lukas Hoets
  • Patent number: 9587681
    Abstract: A plate carrier for a multi-plate clutch comprises: an annular member with a first circumferential face and a second circumferential face; a toothing in the first circumferential face of the annular member, having circumferentially distributed teeth and gaps; at least one groove in the second circumferential face of the annular member, wherein the groove extends over a circumferential portion of the annular member, wherein the groove and the toothing intersect one another, so that radial apertures are formed in the regions of intersection between the groove and the tooth gaps. A multi-plate clutch can be provided with such a plate carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: GKN Driveline International GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Waldemar Rupp, Simon Broicher, Lukas Hoets
  • Publication number: 20160138658
    Abstract: An inner joint part of a tripod constant velocity joint comprises a hub having an axis of rotation. Three projections extend radially outwardly. There is an adjoining transition region and a bearing region. A spherical circumferential surface of each projection forms a first surface line extending in a first plane. A resulting inner sphere contacts opposite points of the first surface line extending at least in first angle ranges adjacent to a respective point outside the inner sphere. A second surface line in a second plane touches the inner sphere at touch points only at the height of the largest diameter of the projection and extends at least in second angle ranges adjacent to the respective touch point within the inner sphere. A roller element has a convex inner circumferential surface, an extension line forming a radius having a maximum magnitude in a central region, less in an adjacent region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Wolfgang BEIGANG, Ulrich BROCHHEUSER, Orkan ERYILMAZ
  • Publication number: 20150114785
    Abstract: A plate carrier for a multi-plate clutch comprises: an annular member with a first circumferential face and a second circumferential face; a toothing in the first circumferential face of the annular member, having circumferentially distributed teeth and gaps; at least one groove in the second circumferential face of the annular member, wherein the groove extends over a circumferential portion of the annular member, wherein the groove and the toothing intersect one another, so that radial apertures are formed in the regions of intersection between the groove and the tooth gaps. A multi-plate clutch can be provided with such a plate carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Waldemar Rupp, Simon Broicher, Lukas Hoets
  • Patent number: 8453484
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a toothing on a component of a shaft/hub connection is disclosed. The component may be held permanently in a chucking while it receives an at least two-stage toothing in this chucking. A special draw die for carrying out the method is also proposed, a first toothing-forming region with a first height and at least one following second toothing-forming region with at least one second height being arranged between a first and a second end face, and the first height being designed to be lower than the second height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: GKN Driveline International GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beigang
  • Publication number: 20080201950
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing a toothing on a component 2 of a shaft/hub connection, the component 2 being held permanently in a chucking 3 while it receives an at least two-stage toothing in this chucking. A special draw die 4 for carrying out the method is also proposed, a first toothing-forming region 14 with a first height and at least one following second toothing-forming region 15 with at least one second height being arranged between a first and a second end face 5, 6 and the first height being designed to be lower than the second height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beigang
  • Publication number: 20040149532
    Abstract: A vibration absorber for attaching to a rotatable driveshaft, such as a driveshaft of a motor vehicle. The vibration absorber includes an annular-cylindrical mass member arranged at a radial distance from the driveshaft, a plurality of circumferentially spaced elastic supporting elements shaped to be positioned on the driveshaft, which are firmly connected to the mass member and which, relative to the mass member, extend radially inwardly, and an elastic fixing sleeve shaped to be positioned on the driveshaft. At is one end, the fixing sleeve is firmly connected to the mass member and includes a cylindrical collar portion with a seat face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beigang
  • Patent number: 6142033
    Abstract: A shaft/hub unit having a toothing assembly for transmitting torque, comprising a shaft (1) with shaft toothing (5) and a hub (2) with hub toothing (7), which sets of toothing engage one another, with torque being introduced by a shaft shank (4) at whose end there is provided the shaft toothing (5) and with the tooth profile of the shaft toothing (5), in the longitudinal direction, following a variable course, wherein the shaft toothing (5) comprises a major diameter which, in the longitudinal direction, follows a constant course and wherein the hub toothing (7) comprises a base diameter which, in the longitudinal direction, follows a constant course, wherein the toothing assembly comprises at least two axially extending portions (9, 10) in which each base diameter of the shaft toothing (5) follows a constant course and in which each major diameter of the hub toothing (7) follows a constant course, and wherein, of the each two adjoining portions, the portion facing the shaft shank (4) comprises the greater ba
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beigang
  • Patent number: 5779551
    Abstract: A rotational fixed connection has a shaft whose axial end is provided with outer shaft teeth and a hub whose through-bore is provided with inner teeth. The connection is useful between a driveshaft in the driveline of a motor vehicle and a joint hub of a universal tripod joint or a constant velocity universal ball joint. The joints include the hub, torque transmitting roller elements, and an outer joint part. The outer shaft teeth of the shaft, at a distance from the hub teeth end at the shaft shank end, run out steplessly into the shaft shank. The outer shaft teeth end inside the hub with a stepped end. In the region following the outer shaft teeth, the shaft includes a tooth-free end portion. The tooth-free end portion carries or forms fixing elements which axially securingly rest against a hub end face at the end where the shaft terminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: GKN Automotive AG
    Inventors: Eugen Stall, Winfried Busch, Wolfgang Beigang
  • Patent number: 5333711
    Abstract: A freewheeling device (11) for torque transmitting purposes at small numbers of revolutions, e.g. at low driving speeds, has two freewheeling parts (14, 17) connected via locking members (25). The locking members (25) engage apertures (24) of one of the freewheeling part (17) and recess (26) of the other freewheeling part (14). If a certain speed of the two freewheeling parts (14, 17) is exceeded, one freewheeling part (14) may overtake the other freewheeling part (17). Switching is effected via a switching cage (29) loaded by centrifugal masses (33) and which moves a switching element (30) into the released position. A spring (36) ensures the transfer into the locked position. A synchronizing device (38) is provided in order to ensure that a transfer into the locked position takes place only at small speed differentials between the two freewheeling parts (14, 17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: GKN Automotive AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beigang
  • Patent number: 5279402
    Abstract: The invention relates to a freewheeling device 11 in the case of which the outer freewheeling component 14 and the inner freewheeling component 17 are connected in the main torque transmitting direction by locking members 25 which engage apertures 24 of the inner freewheeling component 17 and recesses 26 of the outer freewheeling component 14 and which permit one of the freewheeling components 14 to be overtaken by the other freewheeling component 17 when a certain speed is exceeded. If the speed is below the specified speed, an additional switching element is released via a speed-dependent switching device 29, so that the switching element 30, under the influence of a spring 36, is transferred into a position where it supports the locking member 25 to prevent them from escaping radially inwardly, thereby cancelling the freewheeling function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: GKN Automotive AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beigang
  • Patent number: 5273147
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking device 4 for a freewheeling unit 1 of a non-directly driven axle of a motor vehicle driven by a directly driven axle. To lock the freewheeling unit 1 there is provided a first drive element 2 with a number of circumferentially distributed apertures 15 holding radially displaceable locking elements 16. The locking elements, for the purpose of establishing a non-rotating connection between the first drive element 2 and the second drive element 3, may partially enter recesses 17 of the second drive element 3 corresponding to the apertures. Radial displacement of the locking elements 16 is achieved by a spring loaded axially movable control element 10. Displacement of the control element 10 is achieved by radially outward displacement of centrifugal masses 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Adrian Chludek
  • Patent number: 5085306
    Abstract: A coupling for establishing a releasable torque transmitting connection between a hollow shaft element (1) and a journal element (2) positioned therein, by coupling members (13) provided in apertures in the hollow shaft element and radially movable therein to engage with recesses (39) in the journal element, and an operating sleeve (4) movable axially on the shaft element for effecting such radial movement of the coupling members, has radially displaceable locking members (12) for locking the operating sleeve axially in its coupling-engaged position, and a spring for providing a returning force against which the operating sleeve is movable to such position. The operating sleeve is moved axially by an electro-magnet (27, 28) which actuates an actuating ring (8) and locking sleeve (3) which acts on the locking members (12). The locking members and coupling members are preferably balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Assignee: GKN Automotive AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beigang
  • Patent number: 5021038
    Abstract: A differential gear unit includes a viscous coupling for restricting the differential rotation of output gears (27, 29), with the conneciton of one of the parts (31) of the viscous coupling to one output gear being by way of a releasable connecting device so that the viscous coupling can be brought out of operation when required, e.g. under vehicle braking. The connecting device comprises a sleeve (1), coupling members (11) movable radially in the sleeve (1) to engage, when in radially outermost positions, groove (35) for torque transmission, and an actuating member (2) movable axially within the sleeve and operable on the coupling members. The actuating member (2) is movable by an axially displaceable positioning member (87, 49) through the intermediary of latching balls (68, 48) which are themselves radially displaceable to hold the actuating member in position without continuous application of a high force. The positioning member may be movable mechanically, electro-magnetically, or by fluid pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: GKN Automotive AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beigang
  • Patent number: 4713040
    Abstract: A power transmitting shaft for a torque transmission assembly is formed with a tubular cross section having bores arranged radially in the tube wall at at least one tube end and with bushes inserted into the bores. The bushes are provided with recesses for receiving joint journals or the like whose longitudinal axis is arranged radially in the tube for the purpose of introducing a torque, with tangential and radial forces occurring at the transmitting face of the tube wall. The bushes are designed as a truncated cone which is tapered towards the tube interior and with a cone angle .alpha. selected to be such that the radial component of the forces to be transmitted at the transmitting face is minimized or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Uni-Cardan Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beigang, Werner Hoffman
  • Patent number: 4619627
    Abstract: A shaft coupling assembly having a first and a second internal fluid chamber system, each containing therein a fluid medium which is placed under pressure when torque is transmitted through the coupling assembly, each of the fluid chamber systems including a plurality of chambers and a plurality of channels which converge from a common point placing the channels in flow communication with each other and which interconnect the plurality of chambers of each of the systems. The channels of the first and the second systems are axially offset relative to each other and each of the systems is designed to create a throttling effect offering resistance to flow of the fluid medium within each of the systems. The coupling assembly enables compensation for axial, radial, angular and/or torsional shaft offset and, additionally, makes it possible to damp the vibrations in an axial, radial, angular and torsional direction and to adjust the stiffness of the coupling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Assignee: Uni-Cardan Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jochen Balken, Wolfgang Beigang, Bernhard Bihr