Split ring carrier with eccentric pin with spring compliance and speed dependence

Patent No. 9,664,254

Issued: May 30, 2017
Filed: May 24, 2016
Term Extension:  days

Inventor: McCloy; Chad (Cortland, NY)
Assignee: BorgWarner Inc. (Auburn Hills, MI)

A split ring planetary drive of an electric phaser includes at least one planet gear adjuster and at least one load generator. The load generator biases the planet gear adjuster, such that at a low rotational speed, the planet gear adjuster applies a force on the planet gear to take up the backlash between the planet gear and the ring gears. As the rotational speed increases, the inertia of a mass of the planet gear adjuster generates an increasing force opposing the force of the load generator, causing the planet gear adjuster to move at least one planet gear to a position where the at least one planet gear no longer takes up the backlash. In some embodiments, the planet gear adjuster includes an eccentric pin and an extension arm. In other embodiments, the planet gear adjuster includes a pivot support for a pair of inner and outer planet gears.

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