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Universal Joint

Rotational coupling between two driveline shafts

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Description

This block represents a rotational coupling between two driveline shafts. The coupling transfers torque between the shafts so they spin as a unit under an applied load. Two rotational degrees of freedom, internal to the coupling, allow the shafts to connect at an angle. This intersection angle varies according to the physical signal input from port A. Compliance, modeled as a parallel spring-damper set, allows the coupling to deform under load.

You can use the Universal Joint block as a connection between two rotational driveline components—for example, between the driving and driven shafts in an automobile drive train.

The ratio of the shaft angular velocities depends on two parameters: the intersection angle between the two shafts and the rotation angle of the base shaft. A physical signal input provides the intersection angle while a dialog box parameter provides the initial base shaft angle. These two angles fix the ratio of the two shaft angular velocities according to the nonlinear equation:

ωF=cos(A)1sin2(A)cos2(θB)ωB,

where:

  • ωF is the angular velocity of the follower shaft about its length axis.

  • ωB is the angular velocity of the base shaft about its length axis.

  • θB is the rotation angle of the base shaft about its length axis.

  • A is the intersection angle between base and follower shafts about the base shaft pin.

The two schematics in the figure illustrate the equation parameters. In each schematic, the left shaft represents the base shaft, while the right shaft represents the follower shaft. The right schematic shows the coupling seen in the left schematic after the shafts spin 90° about their length axes (dashed line segments).

In the figure, the intersection angle is the angle between the two shafts about the pin of the base shaft. The absolute value of this angle must fall in the range 0≤A<Maximum intersection angle. The base shaft angle is the angle of the base shaft about its length axis. The base shaft angle is also the time-integral of the base shaft angular velocity, ωB.

Parameters

Maximum joint angle

Maximum intersection angle the joint allows. This angle measures the rotation between base and follower shafts about the base shaft pin. The value of this angle must fall in the range0 ≤ A < pi/2. From the drop-down list, select a physical unit. The default value is pi/4 rad.

Joint stiffness

Linear spring stiffness of the joint. The spring stiffness accounts for elastic energy storage in the joint due to material compliance. In the drop-down list, select a physical unit. The default value is 1e6 N*m/rad.

Joint damping

Linear damping coefficient of the joint. The damping coefficient accounts for energy dissipation in the joint due to material compliance. In the drop-down list, select a physical unit. The default value is 1e3 N*m/(rad/s).

Initial base shaft angle

Rotation angle of the base shaft about its length axis at time zero. From the drop-down list, select a physical unit. The default value is 0 rad.

Initial torque from base to follower shaft

Torque that the base shaft transfers to the follower shaft at time zero. This torque determines the initial state of material compliance at the joint. Set this value to greater than zero to preload the shafts with torque. Changing this value alters the initial transient response due to material compliance. Select a physical unit. The default value is 0 N*m.

Ports

PortDescription
BConserving rotational port associated with the base shaft
FConserving rotational port associated with the follower shaft
APhysical signal input port for the intersection angle
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