Phasing

The Concept and Importance of Universal Joint Phasing and Drive Shaft Alignment

Phasing is the process of aligning the universal joint yokes on both ends of the drive shaft (or double u-joint)in a parallel fashion. If the joints are not properly phased, they will operate on an elliptical path at varying speeds throughout each revolution which can cause second-order vibrations (two shakes per revolution). The vibration can lead to increased wear and potential damage to the assembly and failure of the application.

Belden’s trained technicians properly phase the universal joints onto the shaft during assembly, ensuring that the universal joints operate at near-constant velocity, minimizing vibration, noise and premature wear of the joints.

 

To further support near-constant velocity, driving and driven shafts are required to be aligned in either the “W” formation (equal true angles) or “Z” formation (parallel). It is important that the drive shaft is not angled further in a '3rd dimension'. ” In addition to diminished velocity and reduced efficiency, improper shaft alignment contributes to failure of the shaft components and even the application itself.

A word of caution: even though driving and driven shafts are now at constant velocity, this is not true for the center section – that still fluctuates which can cause problems at elevated speeds of @ 400 RPM.

Please reach out to our technical sales and engineers to answer any questions and assist you with the alignment and phasing of your universal joints.

We can be reached at (708)344-4600 or by email info@beldenuniversal.com 

 

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