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1. (WO1997011286) LOCKING APPARATUS FOR A KEYED CONNECTION

Pub. No.:    WO/1997/011286    International Application No.:    PCT/US1996/015021
Publication Date: Mar 27, 1997 International Filing Date: Sep 19, 1996
IPC: F16D 1/08
F16D 67/04
Applicants: HORTON, INC.
COULTER, Tonya, L.
HENNESY, David, R.
Inventors: COULTER, Tonya, L.
HENNESY, David, R.
Title: LOCKING APPARATUS FOR A KEYED CONNECTION
Abstract:
Apparatus (300) is disclosed for locking a key (322) in a keyway (302) of a shaft (10) and of a hub slideably receiving the shaft (10). The key (322) is tapered and includes a top extending at an acute angle to the bottom, with the keyway (302) of the shaft (10) having a bottom wall (306) at the acute angle to the axis of the shaft (10). A push rod (312) is rotatable in an axial bore (308) in the shaft (10) and includes a threaded portion (318) threaded into a threaded counterbore (310) of the axial bore (308). The forward end of the push rod (312) is interconnected to the key (322) by a lip (336) formed in the key (322) extending into a notch (316) formed in the push rod (312). Rotation of the push rod (312) causes the push rod (312) to move axially in the axial bore (308) which in turn axially moves the key (322) in the keyway (302). Due to the angles of the key (322) and the keyway (302), the radial spacing of the top (330) of the key (322) from the axis of the shaft (10) varies depending upon the axial position of the key (322) in the keyway (302).