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May 14, 1963
R. GoTTscHALD Erm.
Filed Jan. 8, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
May 14, 1963
Filed Jan. 8, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
United States Patent O
Rudolf Gottschald, Osterath, and Wolfgang Scheerer,
Dusseldorf, Germany, _assignors to A. Ehrenreich &
Cie., Dusseldorf-Oberkassel, Germany
Filed Jan. 8, 1960, Ser. No. 1,279
Claims priority, application Germany Jan. 9, 1959
5 Claims. (Cl. 287-90)
'I‘he present invention rela-tes to a =ball joint which is
substantially axially loaded, as for instance a support
ing joint »for individually supported motor vehicle wheels.
In order to compensate for the play prevailing in the
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resting on a corresponding shoulder 6 of cup 2. The
ball stud 7 with its ball head 7a rests in the bearing -socket
4 which latter has its collar 5 provided with radial slits A8.
In this way, resilient tongues 9 are formed which, when
ythe joint is under load, will due to the ‘deformation of
the collar 5 be pressed íirmly against the lball head 7a.
The pressure will be dependent on the respective load
on the joint. The relationship between the load on the
joint and the pressure at which the tongues 9 -will be
pressed against the ball head 7a may be varied at random
in conformity with the width of the collar 5.
A ball joint of this type will operate `as follows: The
load rests on the slit-free side of the bearing socket which
latter through its collar S rests ‘on the housing H. Due
t0 the load, said collar slightly deforms and presses each
of the tongues 9 against that side of the ball head which
is not under load, i.e. in this instance against that side
opera-tion which has to be repeated periodically during the
of the ball head which is adjacent the ball stud 7. The
life of the joint and depends on the diligence and skill
pressure exerted upon said tongues is dependent on the
employed by the respective operator or service man. The 20 axial load on the joint. In view of the load, the entire
employment Iof a spring enlarges the joint and increases
socket deviates in axial direction to the same extent by
the cost thereof, in other words, likewise presents no satis
which the slit collar will deform. This deviating move
factory solution for the manufacture of a play-free joint.
ment has the additional advantage that hard shocks upon
It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to
the joint will tbe resiliently absorbed. The socket may
provide a ba-ll joint which will 'be play-free regardless of 25 consist of metal or synthetic material, or may also be
the original tit and operation and the later wear.
composed of two parts. This means that yfor instance a
It is another object of this invention to provide a ball
steel socket -could at least on the pressure side thereof
joint of the type set forth in the preceding paragraph,
be lined with a synthetic material.
which will always have a certain predetermined torque
Thus, according to FIG. 2, .the joint comprises a hous
ball joint or occurring therein in the course of its life,
it is necessary that a possibility exists `for readjusting the
ball joint, or a spring has to be provided which continu
ously loads the ball head. A readjustment is an undesired
regardless of the wheel load resting on the ball joint.
ing 10 with a housing lid 3a screwed into the housing
These and «other objects and advantages of the inven
10. The 'bearing socket 4a consists of steel and has a
tion will appear more clearly fromi the following 1specifi
lining 11 of thermoplastic synthetic material. The lower
cation in connection with the accompanying drawings, in
portion of bearing socket 4a has resilient tongues '9ct which
are additionally pressed against rball head 7a by means
FIG. 1 represents a vertical section through an up
right supporting joint with a bearing socket ofA synthetic
FIG. 2 is a vertical section through a supporting joint
according to the invention with a bearing socket of steel.
FIG. 3 illustrates partly in `view and partly in section
a bearing socket -for receiving a lining of synthetic ma
FIG. «4 is a vertical section through a suspended sup
porting joint with a bearing socket of steel and a lining 45
of synthetic material.
FIG. 5 represents a -vertical section through an up
right supporting joint with two sockets.
of a spring 12.
FIG. 3 illustrates the ball cup 4a of FIG. 2 byitself
with slits ‘8b and resilient tongues 9a between which thev
ball head is to be inserted.
AAccording to the supporting joint of FIG. 4, a com
posite ball stud `and head is employed comprising thek
stud proper 7d with the head portion 7b, an intermedi- '
ate disc 7" and a calotte or spherical section 7'. With
such a joint, the -rotative movement proper occurs be
tween the members 7’ and 7b, whereas the angular move~
ment occurs between‘the spherical section ‘7' and the
lining 1'1 of thermoplastic synthetic material of the bear
ing socket 4d. The power diow is then eñected through
FIG. -6 is a perspective view of a socket according to
the stud 7d to the spherical section 7’ and lfrom there
the invention.
50 through the lining 1‘1 of socket 4d to collar 5d thereof
A ball joint comprising a ball stud, a housing and at
and from there to the housing 10d. The effect of the
least one bearing socket resting thereon and almost en
collar 5d and the resilient tongues 9d is the same as de
tirely surrounding the ball head is, in conformity with
scribed above in connection with FIGS. 1 and 2. A
the present invention, characterized `by the following Ifea
continuous pressure of the tongues upon the «ball head
55 will be maintained, even if the joint is under no load,
(a) The bearing socket has within the range of its
due to the fact that the tongues 9d are arched and rest
equatorial section a collar which rests the socket against
elastically against lid 3d of the housing.
a corresponding step in the housing.
It is also possible so to design the ‘bearing socket that
(b) The socket has radial slits which start from the
the slits are somewhat wider than the tongues therebe
non-loaded side of the socket and extend just through the
tween. In such `an instance, two of such .bearing cups
may «be placed over the ball head so as to `face each
(c) At the loaded side of the ball socket between the
other. One cup will then hold the ball stud in a play
latter and the housing there is preferably provided a ycham
-free manner when the load acts in one direction, whereas
ber -for permitting an axial movement of the socket.
the other socket will be effective for the load acting in
Referring now to the drawings in detail and FIG. 1 65 »the opposite direction. A ball joint construction of ythis
thereof in particular, the ball housing generally desig
type is shown in FIG. 5 and comprises the two sockets
nated H comprises a housing ring 1, an inserted housing
4e, 4e' which may advantageously consist -of a thermo
cup 2, for instance of -sheet metal, and a lid 3 rolled
plastic synthetic material, as for instance polyamide.
into the housing ring 1. Within the housing H and, more
The slits 8e (see FIG. 6) are wider than the resilient
specifically, within the cup 2, there is arranged a bear 70 tongues 9e and continue upwardly as Igrooves 13. In
ing socket 4 of thermoplastic synthetic material, as `for
this way, two similar sockets are passed over the ball
instance polyamide, which is provided with a collar Shead so as to face each other.
The operation of a joint according to FIG. 5 will
radially extending groove open toward the interior of
said housing means and located near the equatorial zone
be as lfollows: When the joint is under load, the ears 14
of said ball head, axially resilient socket means arranged
which have been `formed by the slits 8e in the collar
within said housing means so as to permit axial move
rest upon the housing lid 3e and thus press the tongues
9e from below against the ball head. When a pull acts Ul ment of said socket means relative to said housing means,
one side of said socket «means being the loaded side
upon the joint, the second socket 4e', which is only
thereof, said socket means and said housing means con
partially visible, will become eñective. lt will rest against
ñning with each other a chamber located at the loaded
the housing step 6e and will be effective similar to cup
side of said socket means and providing space for said
4e but in reversed direction.
By screwing the lid 3a into the housing 10e to a more 10 axial movement of said -socket means, said socket »means
having an outer cylindrical surface normally spaced from
or less extent, the operational fitting of the joint may be
said inner cylindrical surface of said housing means,
affected for the joint under no load. The joint accord
said socket means elastically surrounding the major por
ing to the invention will remain absolutely play-free in
tion of said ball head and having a radially outwardly
any direction of load.
It will be evident from the above that the construction 15 extending, axially resilient collar spaced from the ends
of said Isocket means and extending into said groove and
and design of the bearing socket in conformity with the
engaged by the loaded sidewall of said groove to permit
present invention will assure that the ball stud will al
axial movement-under load, that endk portion of said
ways be held in the housing in the proper manner. An
socket -rneans which is opposite said loaded side taper
occurrence of play will be safely avoided, even after a.
20 ing from said collar toward the axis of said socket means
long time of operation of the joint.
in a direction away lfrom said loaded side and being pro~
It is, of course, to be understood that the present in
vided with spaced circumferentially substantially uni
for-mlydistributed axial slits extending through said collar
and through all of said tapering end portion thereby pro~
25 viding a plurality of circumferentially uniformly dis~
What we claim is:
tributed tongues for elastic engagement with adjacent por
1. A ball joint, especially a supporting joint for indi
tions of said ball head.
vidually suspended wheels of motor vehicles, which com
vention is, by no means, limited to the particular con
structions shown in the drawings but also comprises any
modifications within the scope of the appended claims.
3. A ball joint according to claim 2, in which said `ball
prises: a stud, a ball head connected to said stud, a hous
head is composed of two spherical sections and a plate
ing extending around said ball head and having an in
wardly opening annular groove near the equatorial zone 30 intermediate said spherical sections.
4. A ball joint according to claim 2, in which said slits
of said ball head, and at least one ball socket located
are wider than said tongues.
within said housing and surrounding a major portion of
5. A ball joint according to claim 2, in which said
said ball head, said socket having a circumferential collar
socket means is composed of two sections spaced from
protruding radially outwardly beyond the outer contour
the ball head so as to face each other while the tongues
of the remainder of said socket means and resting in said
of one section engage the slits of the other section and
annular groove, said socket also being provided with a
while the tongues of the other section engage the slits
plurality of radial slits extending from that side of said
of said one section.
socket which is remote from the load receiving side thereof
through said collar, said socket and said housing con 40
References Cited in the tile of this patent
ñning with each other a chamber located at the loaded
side of said ball socket to provide `space for axial move
ment of said socket, said collar being resilient in the axial
Latzen ________________ __ Apr. 3, 1956
direction to permit axial movement of the socket under
Latzen ________________ _.. June 5, 1956
axial load.
Latzen _______________ __ July 29, 1958
2. A ball joint, especially a supporting joint for indi
Moskovitz ____________ __ Feb. 10, 1959
vidually suspended wheels of motor vehicles, which com
Baker _______________ __ Dec. 29, 1959
prises: a stud, a ball head connected to said stud, hous
ing means having an inner cylindrical surface with a
Williams _____________ __ Apr. 12, 1960
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