THE INCREASED use of midship-mounted transmissions in large equipment has emphasized the need for a torsionally resilient connection from the engine to reduce vibration transfer. To increase the torsional flexibility needed in these systems, the spring rate of the system must be reduced by such constructions as a flexible coupling, a spring-loaded damper, or a rubber torsional spring.
This paper discusses these systems, emphasizing rubber springs. Some advantages of such a drive are: it provides an amplitude limitation with impact loads and a cushion to reduce noise and prevent clattering and contacts noises on parts with backlash, it smooths out transition periods to reduce loads on bearings and gears, its clamping characteristics can be adjusted by various rubbers, and its rubber cushion provides a degree axial flexibility.*