Universal Jointed Driveshafts for Transmitting Rotational Movements

  • Friedrich Schmelz
  • Count Hans-Christoph Seherr-Thoss
  • Erich Aucktor


The earliest information about joints came from Philon of Byzantium around 230 BC in his description of censers and inkpots with articulated suspension. In 1245 AD the French church architect, Villard de Honnecourt, sketched a small, spherical oven which was suspended on circular rings. Around 1500, Leonardo da Vinci drew a compass and a pail which were mounted in rings [1.1].


Articulation Angle Rotational Movement Rolling Element Output Shaft Universal Joint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich Schmelz
    • 1
  • Count Hans-Christoph Seherr-Thoss
    • 2
  • Erich Aucktor
    • 3
  1. 1.Audi-Union AGIngolstadtGermany
  2. 2.Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-ClubMunichGermany
  3. 3.Löhr & Bromkamp GmbHOffenbach/MainGermany

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