, usually of circular cross section, used totransmit power or motion.
It provides the axis of rotation, or oscillation, of elements such as gears,pulleys, flywheels, cranks, sprockets, and the like and controlsthegeometry of their motion.
that carries no torque and is used tosupport rotating wheels, pulleys, and the like. The automotive axle is not atrue axle; the term is a carry-over from the horse-and-buggy era, when thewheels rotated on nonrotatingmembers.
A non-rotating axle can readily be designed and analyzed as a staticbeam, and will not warrant the special attention given in this chapter to therotating shafts which are subject to fatigue loading.