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Patexia Research
Issue Date Feb 25, 2021
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Patent Application - POWER GEARBOX GEAR ARRANGEMENT > Claims

  • 1-20. (canceled)
  • 21. A gear assembly comprising: an inner ring having an outer surface defining an inner race and an inner surface defining a bore and having a first end defining a first opening for the bore and a second end, axially spaced from the first end, defining a second opening to the bore;an outer ring having an inner surface defining an outer race circumscribing and confronting the inner race and an outer surface with a plurality of teeth;a plurality of rolling elements positioned between the inner and outer races;first and second support elements disposed about the inner surface of the inner ring and adjacent a portion of the first end and second end;first and second retainers disposed adjacent the first and second support elements about the first end and second end;a carrier circumscribing the first and second retainers; and,a fastener securely connecting the first and second retainers and physically limiting axial movement of the carrier and inner ring on the first and second retainers.
    • 22. The gear assembly of claim 21, wherein the carrier further comprises a first radial wall at a first end and a second radial wall, spaced apart from the first radial wall, at a second end and the inner ring disposed there between.
      • 23. The gear assembly of claim 22, wherein the fastener compresses the first and second retainers against the first and second support elements disposed about the inner surface of the inner ring.
    • 24. The gear assembly of claim 21, wherein the fastener further comprises a first end defining a head and a second end defining threads.
      • 25. The gear assembly of claim 24, wherein one of the first and second retainers comprises threads for receiving the second end of the fastener.
    • 26. The gear assembly of claim 21, wherein one of the first and second retainers comprises an aperture extending through the one of the first and second retainers.
      • 27. The gear assembly of claim 26, wherein the fastener is received within the aperture.
        • 28. The gear assembly of claim 27, wherein the fastener further comprises a first end defining a head in contact with one of the first and second retainers.
      • 29. The gear assembly of claim 26, wherein the fastener further comprises a second end defining threads.
        • 30. The gear assembly of claim 29, wherein the aperture comprises threads for receiving the second end of the fastener.
  • 31. A method of retaining a bearing assembly having an inner ring with first and second ends and first and second support elements adjacent a portion of the first and second ends, the method comprising physically limiting axial movement of the bearing assembly by first and second retainers mounted to the first and second end of support elements and having a fastener extending through the bearing assembly and connecting the first and second retainers.
    • 32. The method of claim 31, further comprising receiving the fastener through an aperture in one of the first and second retainers.
      • 33. The method of claim 32, wherein the fastener includes a head that physically limits axial movement of the fastener through the aperture.
    • 34. The method of claim 31, further comprising securing the fastener to one of the first and second retainers by receiving a threaded end of the fastener into an aperture having threads located in one of the first and second retainers.
    • 35. The method of claim 31, wherein the fastener compresses the first and second retainers against the first and second support elements disposed about an inner surface of the inner ring to physically limit axial movement of the bearing assembly and the retainers.
  • 36. A method of retaining a bearing assembly having a bore to a shaft received within the bore, the method comprising physically limiting axial movement of the bearing assembly on the shaft by a retainer mounted to an end of the shaft and having a portion extending radially beyond the shaft and into an axial path of the bearing assembly.
    • 37. The method of claim 36, wherein the shaft further comprises a raised shoulder abutting the bearing assembly in the axial path.
      • 38. The method of claim 37, wherein the bearing assembly is compressed between a carrier at one end of the shaft and the raised shoulder by the retainer to physically limit axial movement of the bearing assembly on the shaft.
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