Functions and Roles
Differential gear is a part of power transmission device. The driving force generated by an engine is transmitted to the tires through various types of bevel gears. Representative of the automotive components that incorporate such bevel gears is the differential gear assembly that absorbs the rotational difference due to the direction change of the diving rotational axis or the rotational difference between the right and left wheels, produced during cornering.
- Direction change of the driving rotational axis: Hypoid gear set
- Absorption of the rotational difference between the right and left wheels, produced during cornering: Differential-gear unit
Types of Differential Gears
Differential gear assembly
Vehicle models: Used for sub-compact car front and rear axles. Employed extensively for passenger automobiles
Characteristics: SHOWA has achieved weight reductions by adopting aluminum for the gear material.
SHOWA’s products can be used commonly in both RR (rear engine, rear-wheel-drive) four-wheel-drive vehicles and FF (front engine, front-wheel-drive) base four-wheel drive vehicles.
Hypoid gear set
Vehicle models: Used for the final decelerator and changing angle for all four-wheel drive vehicles.
Characteristics: Converts rotation axis by 90°, and also offsets the torsion position relationship of the two gear axles. SHOWA’s gears offer excellent gear strength and quiet operation.
This gear set offers high strength and excellent quietness.
Pinion shafts for differential gears
Vehicle models: Pinion shafts hold the gears inside the differential gear unit. (The photo shows titanium-coated products that are used in differential-gear units of automatic transmission vehicles equipped with high-power engines.)
Characteristics: Responds to a wide range of needs through changes in the surface handling method corresponding to loads.