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Fluid couplings consist of a housing containing an impeller on the input or driving shaft and a runner on the output shaft. Both of these contain a fluid which is usually oil that is added to the coupling through a filling plug on the housing. The impeller, which acts as a pump, and the runner, which acts as a turbine, are both bladed rotors. Read More…

Fluid Coupling Fluid couplings are hydrodynamic devices that transmit rotation between shafts by acceleration and deceleration of hydraulic fluid. Shafts are used industrially to provide rotary motion to a wide spectrum of vehicles and equipment and shaft couplings are key to providing secure rigid, flexible or non-linear connection between shafts, wheels and rotary equipment.
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Bloomingdale, IL  |  630-980-1133

Our shaft couplings are the best around! Not only do we provide you with exceptional levels of customer service but we also provide you with manufacturing and a repair service that you can count on. We are also capable of providing you with special designs. That’s right! Our design team will work closely with you in order to ensure that you are getting the product that will fit your specific requirements perfectly! Call or email us today for more information!

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DieQua Corporation $$$

Mentor, OH  |  800-542-6552

Climax Metal Products Co. specializes in the manufacture of shaft collars and rigid couplings. Our rigid couplings and shaft collars are presented as one- or two-piece types, plus set screw and metric offerings. We can customize our products for you. We are ISO 9001 certified. Contact us for your needs.

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Climax Metal Products Company $$$

South Haven, MI  |  231-879-3372

Niche shaft couplings manufacturer System Components offers a combination of highly specialized automotive expertise, skilled engineering & unbeatable prices. Let our team of engineers & service representatives help you find universal joints, spicer u joints, cardan joints & custom power transmission components made with CNC machining & high-grade steel.

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System Components, Inc. $$$

Tuckahoe, NY  |  914-961-2000

Stoffel Polygon Systems manufactures precision polygon drive connections and other mechanical parts. Whether for prototype or production we will engineer a part to match your needs and specifications. Polygon systems offer the highest torque carrying capacity of any drive connection and ours are made from high quality materials to ensure smooth movement, reduced backlash and many other benefits.

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Stoffel Polygon Systems, Inc. $$$

Mount Prospect, IL  |  888-426-7117

Gam Enterprises is a distributor of Jakob torsion-resistant precision couplings and safety couplings for servo drive applications. We also manufacture shaft couplings, gear couplings and rigid shaft couplings. What sets us apart from our competitors is our flexibility in making sure all of our customers' needs are met. Contact Gam today for more information.

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Gam Enterprises, Inc. $$$
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The components of fluid couplings are generally made out of metallic materials-aluminum, steel or stainless steel. Fluid couplings are used in the automotive, railroad, aerospace, marine and mining industries. They are used in the transmissions of automobiles as an alternative to mechanical clutches. Forklifts, cranes, pumps of all kinds, mining machinery, diesel trains, aircrafts and rotationally-powered industrial machinery all use fluid coupling when an application requires variable speed operation and a startup without shock loading the system. Manufacturers utilize these couplings to connect rotary equipment such as drive shafts, line shafts, generators, wheels, pumps and turbines in a variety of automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, water and waste treatment and construction industries.

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In a fluid coupling, the impeller and rotor are both bowl-shaped and have many radial vanes. They face each other but unlike gear couplings have no mechanical interconnection and never touch. Fluid is directed by the pump into the impeller. The driving turbine or pump is rotated by an internal combustion engine or electric motor imparting both linear and rotational motion to the fluid.

The velocity and energy is transferred to the fluid when the impeller rotates. It is then converted into mechanical energy in the rotor. Every fluid coupling has differing stall speeds, which is the highest speed that the pump can turn when the runner is locked and maximum input power is applied. Slipping always occurs because the input and output angular velocities are identical, and therefore the coupling cannot reach full power efficiency-some of it will always be lost in the fluid friction and turbulence.

Flexible shaft couplings such as fluid couplings are necessary because during operation, some types of shafts tend to shift, causing misalignment. Flexible couplings provide efficient accommodation for moderate shaft misalignment that occurs when the shafts' axes of rotation become skewed. Shaft movement is caused by bumps or vibration and it results in parallel, angular or skewed shaft misalignment.

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