Axles: Drive Axles – Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicles

Drive Axles: Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicles introduces learners to the key principles of drive axles, the common components that make up drive axles, and the different types of drive axles commonly used in heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Learners in quality, manufacturing, or sales roles in the industry will find value in this course.


Learning Objectives

  • Define the engineering principles associated with drive axles.   
  • Recognize the common types of drive axles used in heavy-duty commercial vehicles.  
  • Identify the major components that make up most drive axles.
  • Understand the different types of drive axles and their unique components.

Course Length: 2 HRS

Table of Contents

Drive Axle Basic Concepts

  • Drive Axle Basic Engineering Principles
    • Force
    • Work
    • Power
    • Horsepower
    • Torque
    • Tractive Effort
    • Co-Efficient of Friction
  • Structural Weight
    • Gross Axle Weight Rating
    • Gross Vehicle Weight
    • Gross Combination Weight

Major Drive Axle Components

  • Axle Housing
    • Axle Shafts
    • Differential Carrier
    • Input Yoke
  • Wheel Ends
    • Spindles
  • Planetary Wheel Ends
    • Sun Gear
    • Planetary Gears
    • Internal Ring Gear

Types of Drive Axles

  • Rigid Drive Axle
  • Drive-Steering Axle
    • Steering Arms
    • Steering Knuckles
    • Tie Rod
    • Tie Rod Arms
  • Independent Suspension Drive Axle
    • Center Carrier Housing
    • Suspension Control Arms

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