Shaft end

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Shaft ends are called the parts of the input or output shafts that are brought out of rotating machines . Shaft ends transfer mechanical energy via couplings ( motors ) or to ( generators and all types of production and working machines). Rotating machines can have one or two shaft ends. In the case of two shaft ends, one usually serves as the main power transmission element, while the other drives ancillary units.

For example, every standard electric motor has a fan mounted on one end of the shaft to cool the motor , while the other gives off mechanical energy to the machine to be driven.

In the case of internal combustion engines, the separable clutch to the gearbox of the travel drive is attached to one end of the crankshaft . At the other end there are gears to drive the camshaft and V-belt wheels to drive ancillary units such as alternators , water pumps , fan blades or power steering.