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Publication numberUS3254542 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 7, 1966
Filing dateSep 3, 1963
Priority dateMar 31, 1959
Publication numberUS 3254542 A, US 3254542A, US-A-3254542, US3254542 A, US3254542A
InventorsElene Harman Edna
Original AssigneePalmer Fultz, Warren H F Schmieding
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 3254542 A
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June 7, 1966 H. w. HARMAN 3,254,542

CRANKSHAFT Original Filed March 3l. 1959 3 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR.

MLM/ v A TTORNEYS June 7, 1966 H. W. HARMAN 3,254,542

CRANKSHAFT Original Filed March 3l. 1959 5 Sheets-Shea?I 2 INVENTOR. HAL W. HARMAN Mg/TM A T TOR/VE YS June 7, 1966 H. w. HARMAN CRANKSHAFT 5 Sheets-Sheet 3 Original Filed March 3l. 1959 /O-Pl INVENTOR. HAL HARMAN ATTURNEYS UnitedStates Patent O 3,254,542 CRANKSHAFT Hal W. Harman, deceased, late of El Paso, Tex., by Edna Elcne Harman, executrix, El Paso, Tex., assignor of one-sixth to Warren H. F. Schmieding and one-sixth to Palmer Fultz, both of Columbus, Ohio Original application Mar. 31, 1959, Ser. No. 803,299, no w Patent No. 3,103,066, dated Sept. 10, 1963. Divided and this application Sept. 3, 1963, Ser. No. 311,605

1 Claim. (Cl. 74 595) The present invention relates to crankshafts and is a division of my co-pending application, Serial No. 803,299 tiled March 3l, 1959 new Patent No. 3,103,066 for crankshaft. v

One aspect of the present invention contemplates a crankshaft formed of at least two types of steel, i.e., a certain type of steel for the bearings, namely the main shaft or shaft sections and the throw or throws, and a more resilient type of steel for the connecting web or webs.

Another aspect of the invention comprises the repair-y ing of a cracked crankshaft or the rebuilding of a broken crankshaft.

In general, the method of building a crankshaft and the repairing or rebuilding of `a cracked or broken crankshaft is substantially the same. A crankshaft includes at least one main shaft or longitudinally aligned main shaft section, a laterally offset throw whose .axis is parallel with the axis of the main shaft or shaft section, and a web or webs connecting the throw with the main shaft or main shaft sections. In practicing the method of the present invention, the new web or a new section of a web comprises superimposed steell plates, one side edge of each plate is Welded to an end face of the main shaft or shaft section and that portion of the opposite side edge of the plate, which is disposed laterally of the main shaft or shaft sections, is welded to an end face of the throw. The confronting faces of these superimposed steel plates are contiguous throughout their entire areas and substantially their entire areas are Welded together.

Further objects and advantages will be apparent from the following description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings wherein Ia preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a fragmentary view of a crankshaft showing three main bearing sections, two throws and a pair of webs between each of the bearing sections and the throws;

FIG. 2is a view similar to FIG. l but showing parts in section and parts in elevation, and on a larger scale than that shown in FIG. l',

FIG. 3 is a view in elevation looking in the direction of arrow 3 of FIG. l, but showing only a few of the plates which form the webs;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken on line 4 4 of FIG. 2, but on a somewhat larger scale;

FIG. 5 is a side view of a jig used for manufacturing the crankshaft;

FIG. 6 is a sectional View taken on line 6 6 of FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a fragmentary view of a crankshaft which has been crackedl and broken away at the web;

FIG. 8 is a view looking in the direction of the arrows 8 8 of FIG. 7;

FIG. 9 is a fragmentary view of the crankshaft shown in FIG. 7, but after the sa'me has been repaired; and

FIG. ll0 is a view looking in the'direction of numerals 10 10 of FIG. 9.

Referring more in detail to the drawings, the crankshaft includes a plurality of main shaft sections, three ice l of which are'shown at 22, 24 and 26. Only two of the several throws are shown and are indicated at 28 and 30. Shaft section 22 is connected to throw 28 by a web 32, and the shaft section 24 is connected to the throw 28 by a web 34. A web 36 connects the shaft section 24 with the throw 30, and a web 38 connectsv the throw 30 with the shaft section 26.

The webs 32, 34, 36 and 38 are each formed of a series of superimposed and laminated steel plates 40. The side edges 42 and 44 of these plates 40 vare each beveled as is more clearly shown in FIG. 4. As viewed in FIG. 2 the side edge 42of plates 40 is each welded to the end face 46 and the laterally extending portion of the side edges 44 are welded to the left face 47 of throw 28. Portions of the right edge 44`of the plates 40 of throw 34 are Welded to the left face 48 of shaft section 24, and the extended portions of the left edge 42 of plates 40 of the throw 34 are welded to the right face 50 of throw 28. These beveled ledges of the plates in cooperation with the faces of the shaft sections and throws, form gutters 52 for the assurance of obtaining a wide bond or weld between the lside edges of the plates 40 and the faces of the shaft sections and throws. The gutters are filled with fused steel.

The confronting faces of the plates 40 are contiguous throughout their entire areas, and each of the plates is provided with a series of holes 54 which are arranged in staggered relationship with the holes of the next adjacent plates. reception of the welding steel and thereby provide a welding bond substantially throughout the entire area of the confronting faces of the plates. As ran example, on a nine inch vdiameter shaft'these plates are substantially five-eighths of an inch thick, and the holes have a diameter of one inch, and the center to center spacing of the holes is approximately three inches.

Any suitable jig fixture 58 may be employed, and a simple embodiment is shown in FIGS. 5 and 6.' In that embodiment the base 60 comprises an elongated steel I-beam 62 forming a base 64 and a platform 66; Elongated plates 68 and 70 are suitably secured to the sides of the I-beam Ias by welding. The platform 66 is provided with a plurality of semicircularly shaped plates 72. These plates extend longitudinally along the length of the platformv66 but each is disposed transversely thereof. The radius of the semicircle is the same as the radius of the shaft sections 22 or 24, Iand the center of the radiusof the plates 72 are axially aligned. Thus the' plates 72 provide saddles 73 for holding the shaft sections 22 and 24 in axial alignment. The shaft sections 22 and 24 are clamped in position by cleats 74 which are bolted on to the plates 72 by bolts 76.

The base 60 also includes pairs of laterally disposed plates 78 and 80. The pairs of plates 78 extend to the left of the b ase 60, as viewed in FIG. 6, and the pairs of plates 80 extend to the right. The plates 78 are suitably Welded to the plate 68, and the plates 80 are suitably welded to the plate 70 of the base 60. The plates 78 are also provided with semicircularly shaped saddles 82, and the plates 80 .are provided with semicircularly shaped saddles 84. The radii of the saddles 82 and 84 are the same as the radii of the throws'28 and 30. The axes of saddles 82 are aligned with one another on the leftside of the jig and the axes of saddles 84 are aligned on the right side of the jig, and all of these axes for the saddles 73, 82 and 84 are disposed parallelly of one another. The distance, of course, between the axis of the saddle 73 and the axis of the saddle82 or 84 is equal to the distance between the centers of the'shaft sections and the throws. The throws 28 and 30 are clamped in position in the same manner as the shaft section 22 is clamped in posi- Y These holes provide large pores for the 3 tion, as by cleats 74 and bolts 76. The platform 66 may also carry plates 86 for supporting the first web plates 40 which are to be attached to the shaft sections and the throws.

It will, of course, be understood that the jig 58 is shown in a simple form in which the throws 28 and 30 are disposed at 18() degrees with respect to one another, and that the jig 58 would take other forms depending upon the angular disposition of the throws with respect to one another. Also it is to be understood that each throw will be supported by at least two saddles.

In operation, after the shaft sections 22, 24 and 26 are clamped in position and the throws 28, 30, etc., are clamped in position, one of the plates 4t) is placed upon the base plates 86 in a position to span, for example, the end face 46 of the shaft section 22 and the end face 47 of the throw 28 as is more clearly shown in FIG. 3. After the side edges of the web plate 40 are welded to the faces 46 and 47 of the gutter, 52 filled with fused steel, the second web plate is superimposed and its ends are welded to the end faces 46 and 47, and this process is continued until the desired width web is attained. The welding process also includes pouring fused metal through the holes 54 in the plates and, as previously explained, the holes 54 in adjacent plates are staggered with respect to one another. In this manner substantially the entire contiguous confronting faces of the plates 40 are welded to one another. In this manner web 32 is formed. The other webs are formed in the same manner.

After the welding is completed, the exposed sides of the plates are finished by cutting away the material as for example along the dot and dash line 88 in FIG. 4 so as to provide a smooth and good looking exterior finish on the webs, and to provide the curved circular shoulders 89 between the shaft sections 24 and between the throws and the webs. l

It will be observed from FIG. 2 that oil ducts can be formed in the webs while the web is being formed. To accomplish this, one of the layers of laminated web may be formed of two plates 40a and 40h. The confronting edges 90 and 92 of these plates 40a and 40b are spaced from one another, disposed at the desired angle and arranged parallelly to form a groove 94 which in turn becomes a confining duct when the next full sized plate 40 is superimposed. The groove 94 is disposed at such angle so that it registers with the hole 96 in the shaft section 22 and the hole 98 in the throw 28. Like ducts 94 are provided in each of the webs whereby each of the main bearing sections and throws receive lubricant. The dissipating holes in the shafts are shown at 100. Or, if desired, pipes such as pipe 99 may be welded to a plate 40 and welded to the shafts and throws in registry with the holes or passages 96 and 98. Here again plates, similar to plates 40a and 40b would be used. The pipe would have an outside diameter equal to the thickness of plates 40a and 4Gb, and the next superimposed plate 40 would be welded to plates 40a and 4Gb and the pipe 99.

Preferably the web plates 40 are formed of a mild steel, low in carbon content, high resistance to metal fatigue, and will not harden materially when quenched. The shafts and throws are formed of steel having a high carbon content such as die or tool steel, which may be easily tempered and which may contain chrome or molybdenum.

Thus it will be seen from the foregoing that there has been provided a new type of all-steel crankshaft having the desirable bearing metal characteristics for the shafts (the shafts including the main shaft sections and the throws), and in which the webs are relatively resilient, resulting in a shaft that will not readily crack or break because of wear or misalignment of the bearings.

As previously stated, another aspect of the present invention lies in the use of the method in repairing broken crankshafts. For example should there be a break in the web 132 as is shown in FIG. 7 at 139, the metal would be cut away as shown by the dot and dash lines 142 and 144 on the one piece and the entire remaining part of the web would be cut away from the shaft section 122 along the dot and dash line 146. The shaft section 122 would then be clamped in a fixture in the same manner as shaft 22 was clamped, and the other part of the crankshaft including throw 128 and web 134 would also be clamped in `the jig by clamping throw 128 and shaft section 124 in position in the same manner as -throw 28 and shaft section 24 was clamped in position. Then plates 140 will be welded in position in the same manner as was exn plained with respect to plates 40. These plates however will extend only from the finished'surface 142 on the old web 132. Preferably, in addition to having both side edges beveled, as was done at 42 with plates 40, an end edge 148 is beveled to provide gutters 152 with the surface 142, which gutters are lled with fused metal. This finished repaired crankshaft is shown in FIG. 9, however, in FIG. l0, for the sake of illustration, the plates are shown prior to finishing the side edges thereof. It will of course be understood that the plates 140 are welded to the complete end face of the shaft section 122 in the same manner as was pointed out with respect to the welding of plates 40 to the end face of shaft section 22, and, the right side edge (as viewed in FIG. 9) of the plates 140, which are contiguous with the left end face of throw 128, vare Welded to -the left end face throughout their entire contiguous areas.

This aspect of the present invention is particularly useful in repairing large crankshafts such as those employed on large diesel engines and in power plants, wherein the crankshaft is usually formed of drop forging and originally costs in the thousands of dollars. By this aspect of the invention, it has been possible to repair broken and cracked castings at a fraction of the cost of a new crankshaft. In many instances the repaired crankshaft is better than a new one, in that in the new one quite often internal strains are present in the metal, and under severe strain is apt to crack or break; whereas in many instances after the strain has been released by the cracking on breaking and by my present method of repairing, the strain does not reoccur.

While the form of embodiment herein shown and described constitutes a preferred form, it is to be understood that other forms may be adopted falling within the scope of the claim that follows.

What is claimed is:

A metallic crankshaft comprising a main shaft having an end facing in one direction; a throw having an end facing in substantially the opposite direction; and a web including a plurality of plates superimposed on and welded to one another, each having opposite edge portions welded, respectively, to the end of the shaft and the end of the throw, characterized in that the main shaft is provided with an oil duct terminating within the area of the said end thereof and that the throw is provided with an oil duct terminating within the area of the said end thereof, and further characterized in that one of the inner layers of plates is formed of two plates whose confronting edges are spaced from one another to form a slot and are disposed at such angle to connect the opposite ends of groove with the ducts in said shaft and throw, the plates on opposite sides of said layer cooperating with the said plates of said layer to conne said slot into a duct.

.BROUGHTON G. DURHAM, Primary Examiner.

MILTON KAUFMAN, Examiner. W. S. RATLIFF, Assistant Examiner.

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U.S. Classification74/595
International ClassificationF16C3/04, F16C3/10
Cooperative ClassificationF16C3/10
European ClassificationF16C3/10