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Title:
DISC BRAKE ROTOR ASSEMBLY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/051453
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An assembly to secure a disc brake rotor to a wheel hub utilizing spring pins and a retaining ring is provided. A partial keyway is formed in the rotor, and a partial keyway is formed in the wheel hub. The rotor is fitted over an inwardly extending section of the hub, with the partial keyways in the rotor and in the wheel hub being aligned to form complete keyways. The spring pins are then press fit into the completed keyways. Finally, a retaining ring is installed into a slot formed in the inwardly extending section of the wheel hub to complete the assembly of the disc brake rotor assembly.

Inventors:
BURRIS, Jaren, Wiley, Richard (2020 SE 105th Ct, Vancouver, WA, 98664, US)
DUNNA, Pavan, Kumar (1315 NW Goodwin Street, Camas, WA, 98607, US)
DEMENKO, Nazar, Ventaminovich (9613 NE 19th Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98665, US)
JOHNSON, Darren, Kirk (2403 NE 249th Avenue, Camas, WA, 98607, US)
HARRINGTON, Jonathan, David (12500 NE 59th Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98686, US)
MANN, Keith, Darran (23720 Crystal Terrace Drive, West Linn, OR, 97068, US)
EDWARDS, William, Joseph (3939 SW Bond Avenue, #312Portland, OR, 97239, US)
Application Number:
US2018/050363
Publication Date:
March 14, 2019
Filing Date:
September 11, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CONSOLIDATED METCO, INC. (5701 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA, 98661, US)
International Classes:
F16D65/12; B60B3/14; B60B27/00; F16D65/02
Foreign References:
US6446765B12002-09-10
US20110062772A12011-03-17
US20040226786A12004-11-18
DE102007056748A12009-05-28
US20090218878A12009-09-03
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KRAUTNER, Michael, J. (Amsted Industries Incorporated, 180 N. Stetson Suite 180, Chicago IL, 60601, US)
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Claims:
What is claimed is:

115 1. A disc brake rotor assembly comprising:

a disc brake rotor having a plurality of partial keyways,

a wheel hub having an inward end with a plurality of partial keyways,

the disc brake rotor installed on the wheel hub such that the partial keyways in the disc brake rotor and the partial keyways in the wheel hub are aligned to form

120 completed keyways,

and a plurality of pins, each pin inserted into one of the completed keyways.

2. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 1,

wherein each pin is press fitted into each completed keyway.

3. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 1,

125 wherein the disc brake rotor includes an axially centered opening that receives the wheel hub inward end with the plurality of partial keyways.

4. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 1,

wherein the completed keyway is at an angle from the central axis of the disc brake rotor assembly.

130 5. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 1,

wherein the wheel hub inward end includes a retaining groove in which a retaining ring is fitted.

6. A disc brake rotor assembly comprising:

a disc brake rotor having a plurality of partial keyways, 135 a wheel hub having an inward end with a plurality of partial keyways,

the disc brake rotor installed on the wheel hub such that the partial keyways in the disc brake rotor and the partial keyways in the wheel hub are aligned to form completed keyways,

and a plurality of spring pins, each spring pin inserted into one of the completed 140 keyways.

7. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 6,

wherein each spring pin is press fitted into each completed keyway.

8. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 6,

wherein the disc brake rotor includes an axially centered opening that receives the 145 wheel hub inward end with the plurality of partial keyways.

9. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 6,

wherein the completed keyway is at an angle from the central axis of the disc brake rotor assembly.

10. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 6,

150 wherein the wheel hub inward end includes a retaining groove in which a retaining ring is fitted.

11. A disc brake rotor assembly comprising:

a disc brake rotor having a plurality of partial keyways and retaining grooves, a wheel hub having an inward end with a plurality of partial keyways, 155 the disc brake rotor installed on the wheel hub such that the partial keyways in the disc brake rotor and the partial keyways in the wheel hub are aligned to form completed keyways,

a plurality of pins, each pin inserted into one of the completed keyways,

and a spacer adjacent the wheel hub and the disc brake rotor.

160 12. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 11,

wherein each pin is a spring pin that is press fitted into each completed keyway.

13. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 11,

wherein the disc brake rotor includes an axially centered opening that receives the wheel hub inward end with the plurality of partial keyways.

165 14. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 11,

wherein the wheel hub inward end includes an edge against which the spacer-is fitted.

15. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 14,

wherein the spacer is a spring.

16. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 11,

170 wherein the wheel hub inward end includes a retaining groove in which a retaining ring is fitted.

17. A disc brake rotor assembly comprising:

a disc brake rotor having a plurality of partial keyways and retaining grooves, a wheel hub having an inward end with a plurality of partial keyways, 175 the disc brake rotor installed on the wheel hub such that the partial keyways in the disc brake rotor and the partial keyways in the wheel hub are aligned to form completed keyways,

a plurality of pins, each pin combined with a threaded fastener and then inserted into one of the completed keyways,

180 18. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 17,

wherein each pin is a spring pin that is press fitted into each completed keyway. 19. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 17,

wherein the disc brake rotor includes an axially centered opening that receives the wheel hub inward end with the plurality of partial keyways.

185 20. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 17,

wherein the wheel hub inward end includes a retaining groove in which a retaining ring is fitted.

21. A disc brake rotor assembly comprising:

a disc brake rotor having a plurality of partial keyways and retaining grooves,

190 a wheel hub having an inward end with a plurality of partial keyways,

the disc brake rotor installed on the wheel hub such that the partial keyways in the disc brake rotor and the partial keyways in the wheel hub are aligned to form completed keyways,

a plurality of pins, each pin inserted into one of the completed keyways,

195 and the wheel hub further comprising a stop tab adjacent each pin,

22. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 21,

wherein each pin is a spring pin that is press fitted into each completed keyway.

23. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 21,

wherein the disc brake rotor includes an axially centered opening that receives the 200 wheel hub inward end with the plurality of partial keyways.

24. The disc brake rotor assembly of claim 21,

wherein the wheel hub inward end includes a retaining groove in which a retaining ring is fitted.

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Description:
DISC BRAKE ROTOR ASSEMBLY

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Disc brake rotors, for example, disc brake rotors used in commercial vehicles, are typically comprised of cast iron. Such disc brake rotors are mounted adjacent wheel hubs which can be comprised of cast aluminum or cast iron. It is desirable to attach the disc brake rotor to the wheel hub in a manner that is secure, yet

straightforward.

An object of the invention is, therefore, to provide an assembly wherein a disc brake rotor is secured to a wheel hub in a commercial vehicle.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An assembly to secure a disc brake rotor to a wheel hub in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention utilizing spring pins and a retaining ring is provided. A partial keyway is formed in the rotor, and a partial keyway is formed in the wheel hub. The rotor is fitted over an inwardly extending section of the hub, with the partial keyways in the rotor and in the wheel hub being aligned to form complete keyways. The spring pins are then press fit into the completed keyways. Finally, a retaining ring is installed into a groove formed in the inwardly extending section of the wheel hub to complete the assembly of the disc brake rotor assembly.

Other embodiments of assemblies to retain a disc brake rotor on a wheel hub will be described in the detailed description. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view in partial cross section of a disc brake rotor assembly in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective exploded view with components shown of a disc brake rotor assembly in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a detailed partial perspective view of the inwardly extending wheel hub interface in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a disc brake rotor in accordance with a first

embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a spring pin in accordance with all embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a retaining ring in accordance with a first, second, third, or fourth embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a detailed partial perspective view in partial cross section of a disc brake rotor assembly in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a detailed partial perspective view in partial cross section of a disc brake rotor assembly in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 9 is a detailed partial side view in cross section of a disc brake rotor assembly in accordance with a third embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 10 is a detailed partial side view in partial cross section of a disc brake rotor assembly in accordance with a fourth embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 11 is a detailed partial side view in cross section of a disc brake rotor assembly in accordance with a fifth embodiment of the present invention;

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Fig. 1 shows the hub and rotor assembly 10. The details focus on the joint that is established between the wheel hub 30 and the brake rotor 40.

As shown in Figs. 2-4, assembly operations that are required to create hub and rotor assembly 10, involve first installing brake rotor 40 onto wheel hub 30 using the hub pilot 33 and rotor pilot 42 for alignment. The brake rotor 40 is then clocked so that hub pin slot 31 and rotor pin slot 41 are aligned to form key ways. A plurality of spring pin 50 are then installed into the completed key ways until the pins are seated against hub pilot seat 35. Retaining ring 60 is then installed over retaining ring pilot 34 until it fits properly into retaining groove 32. The hub and rotor assembly 10 is now

assembled.

Referring now to Figs. 1-3, brake rotor 40 is shown attached to wheel hub 30 using a plurality of spring pin 50 to prevent torsional rotation of the brake rotor 40 relative to wheel hub 30. Retaining ring 60 is shown installed in retaining groove 32 which prevents brake rotor 40 from being able to move axially inward relative to wheel hub 30 while hub pilot seat 35 prevents brake rotor 40 from being able to move axially outward relative to wheel hub 30. Together, the wheel hub 30, the brake rotor 40, the plurality of spring pin 50 and the retaining ring 60 comprise hub and rotor assembly 10. As shown in Figs. 3-6, wheel hub 30 has features machined on the inward end of the hub which create the interface between brake rotor 40, spring pin 50 and retaining ring 60. Hub pin slot 31 provides one-half of the keyway which nests the spring pin outer surface 51. Hub pilot 33 interfaces with rotor pilot 42 and is used to align brake rotor 40 when installed onto wheel hub 30. Rotor pilot seat 35 serves as an axial stop for both rotor outward face 43 and the end surface of spring pin 52.

Retaining groove 32 is machined into the inwardly extending surface of wheel hub 30 and is used to axially constrain retaining ring 60 when it is installed. Retaining ring pilot 34 is slightly smaller than hub pilot 33 and may or may not be tapered so that retaining ring 60 can be properly installed.

In Fig. 4, brake rotor 40 also has machined features along its inner diameter interface. Rotor pin slot 41 provides the second part of the keyway which nests the spring pin outer surface 51. When brake rotor 40 is assembled with wheel hub 30, the brake rotor must be positioned so that rotor pin slot 41 and hub pin slot 31 are aligned and form a complete keyway.

Fig. 7 shows spring pin 50 utilized as a key in the keyway created by hub pin slot 31 and rotor pin slot 41. When under load, spring pin 50 is able to radially compress allowing spring pin 50 to absorb shock and vibrations that are transferred between brake rotor 40 and wheel hub 30 during vehicle braking operations. In its function as a key, spring pin 50 is able to physically constrain brake rotor 40 relative to wheel hub 30 which is an improvement over hub and rotor assemblies which rely on a friction couple to constrain a rotor to a wheel hub.

90 Fig. 8 illustrates a variation of the disc brake rotor assembly. In this variation, the wheel hub 30A includes hub stop tab 36 which acts against rotor inward face 44 so that the axial loads transferred from the rotor are applied directly to wheel hub 30 A instead of to the retaining ring 60. This allows for retaining ring 60 to only support the plurality of spring pins 50. In order to assemble this design, brake rotor 40A is

95 modified so that rotor pilot 42 A has interrupted cut features that allow for the rotor to be installed over wheel hub 30A, then positioned to align hub pin slot 31 and rotor pin slot 41.

Fig. 9 illustrates a variation of the disc brake rotor assembly. In this variation, hub pin slot 3 IB and rotor pin slot 4 IB are machined in an angled manner about the loo axis of wheel hub 30B. The benefit of this variation is that spring pin 50 is now able to constrain the brake rotor 40B to the wheel hub 30B both axially and rotationally.

Fig. 10 illustrates a variation of the disc brake rotor assembly. In this variation, a spacer 70 is included in hub and rotor assembly 10 and is positioned between hub pilot seat 35 and rotor outward face 43. The benefit that spacer 70 provides is that it 105 absorbs any axial gap tolerance between brake rotor 40 and wheel hub 30C when

assembled.

Fig. 11 illustrates a variation of the disc brake rotor assembly. In this variation, fastener 90 and washer 100 are used together to axially constrain brake rotor 40 to wheel hub 30D. Wheel hub 30D is modified with hub threaded hole 37 which fastener 90 threads into. This design provides an alternate method of axially constraining brake rotor 40 to wheel hub 30D without the use of a retaining ring.