Figure. The drive shaft in a rear-wheel drive car is much longer than other configurations because of the distance between the rear axle and the transmission
The drive shaft (also called propeller shaft or prop shaft) is a component of the drive train in a vehicle, with the purpose of delivering torque from the transmission to the differential, which then transmits this torque to the wheels in order to move the vehicle. The drive shaft is primarily used to transfer torque between components that are separated by a distance, since different components must be in different locations in the vehicle. A front-engine rear-wheel drive car must have a long drive shaft connecting the rear axle to the transmission since these parts are on opposite sides of the car.
Drive shafts are used differently in different vehicles, varying greatly in cars with distinct configurations for front-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and the previously mentioned front- engine rear-wheel drive. Other vehicles also use drive shafts, like motorcycles, locomotives, and marine vessels. Below is the drive shaft configuration for a common front-engine rear- wheel drive vehicle (some cars have the transmission at the back).
Propeller Shaft is the shaft that transmits power from the gearbox to the differential gear in a motor vehicle from the engine to the propeller in a boat or flying machine.
Propeller shaft, sometimes called a cardan shaft, transmits power from the gearbox to the rear axle. Regularly the shaft has a tubular section and is made in maybe a couple piece construction.
The two-piece arrangement is supported at the mid point by an elastic mounted bearing. Short drive shafts are incorporated for the transmission of power from the last drive assembly to the road wheels in both front and rear wheel drive layouts.
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- What is Definition of Propeller Shaft?
- Characteristics of the Propeller Shaft:
- Construction or Parts of Propeller Shaft:
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- Types of Propeller Shafts:
- Materials used for making Propeller Shafts:
- Requirement of a Propeller shaft: Advantages of Propeller shafts:
- Disadvantages of Propeller shaft:
- Applications of Propeller shafts:
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