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1. US20060193681 - Ball and socket assembly

Office United States of America
Application Number 11068598
Application Date 28.02.2005
Publication Number 20060193681
Publication Date 31.08.2006
Publication Kind A1
IPC
F16C 11/00
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
CSHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS
11Pivots; Pivotal connections
Applicants TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
Inventors Holierhoek Mike
Belleau Ryan
Langendoen Ken
Sanderson Keith
Agents MACMILLAN, SOBANSKI &; TODD, LLC
Title
(EN) Ball and socket assembly
Abstract
(EN)

A ball and socket assembly may be used in an automotive suspension system. It may include a ball stud having a shaft portion extending from a ball portion, and a bearing having a wall portion defining an open end and an end portion defining a closed end, with the wall portion and the end portion further defining a cavity having the ball portion received therein, and with the open end of the wall portion including a radially outwardly extending seal flange. A shell has a sidewall portion including a generally cylindrical inner surface for receiving the bearing. The sidewall portion of the shell defines an open end face adjacent to the open end of the bearing, with the seal flange of the bearing extending radially outward of the cylindrical inner surface of the shell and substantially covering the open end face of the shell. Also, the assembly provides for securing the shell to the bearing. The assembly may also include a boot having a first open end and a second open end enclosing a portion of the bearing and the ball stud and defining a grease cavity therein, with the second open end including a flange portion disposed between the seal flange and the open end face of the sidewall, and with the first end of the boot sealingly engaging the shaft portion of the ball stud.

Also published as
EP6718591