US 11,655,890 B2
Axle system with a planetary support structure
Nicholas W. Laforce, Whitehouse, OH (US); and Andrew T. Brammer, Toledo, OH (US)
Assigned to Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC, Maumee, OH (US)
Filed by Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC, Maumee, OH (US)
Filed on Feb. 22, 2022, as Appl. No. 17/652,053.
Claims priority of provisional application 63/152,775, filed on Feb. 23, 2021.
Prior Publication US 2022/0268349 A1, Aug. 25, 2022
Int. Cl. F16H 57/023 (2012.01); F16H 57/08 (2006.01); F16H 48/10 (2012.01); F16H 57/02 (2012.01)
CPC F16H 57/023 (2013.01) [F16H 48/10 (2013.01); F16H 57/082 (2013.01); F16H 2057/02034 (2013.01); F16H 2057/02052 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An axle system, comprising:
a gearbox housing at least partially enclosing a gearbox; and
a planetary gearset rotationally coupled to an output of the gearbox and positioned co-axial with a rotational axis of an axle shaft in a differential, wherein the planetary gearset comprises:
a ring gear grounded by a planetary support;
wherein the planetary support is coupled to the gearbox housing;
wherein the planetary support includes a bridge section that extends between two opposing pillars that include central openings; and
wherein the axle system further comprises attachment devices that extend through the central openings of the two opposing pillars.