Written by [google_authorship] on 25th September 2020
Clutches are everywhere in all kinds of machinery, and often in places you wouldn’t even expect. Everyone knows a manual transmission car works with a clutch, but they actually have more than one. Perhaps more surprisingly, cars with automatic transmission also have clutches. There are clutches in smaller machines like cordless drills and even chain saws, which have a centrifugal clutch.
In fact, any
machinery or device using two rotating shafts will benefit from a clutch.
Why We Need Clutches
Usually one of
the rotating shafts will be driven by a motor or sometimes a pulley, while the
second shaft drives another element of the machine. Clutches, like those
available through industrial clutches supplier Yorkshire-based
YB Components, connect the two shafts and allow them to either rotate at the
same speed or separate and rotate at different speeds.
This is especially
apparent in an automobile, as the engine is constantly spinning while the
wheels must rotate at different speeds according to the driver’s need, even
completely stopping at times. In order for the engine to continue running when
the wheels slow down or stop, the clutch must disconnect the wheels from the
How a Clutch Works
because of friction, which is the force generated when one object slides across
another. Few surfaces are completely smooth – in fact, none are ever completely
smooth – and it is the tiny and even microscopic peaks and valleys of each
surface interacting with each other that cause friction. The rougher each
surface is, the harder it is to slide them across each other.
Clutches work thanks
to the friction generated between a clutch plate and a flywheel,
which is the interface between the clutch mechanism and the transmission. Flywheels
look a bit like a gear, appearing as a large metal disc with teeth along the
outer edge. These teeth allow the starter to engage it and turn the engine
Common Clutch Problems
clutches suppliers, Yorkshire-based YB Components see many of the common clutch
problems. The most common is when the friction material on the disc gets worn
down through usage. This can happen quicker than expected if the clutch is
misused. Once the friction material has been worn down, the clutch will start
to slip and eventually stop transmitting power from one rotating shaft to the
clutch experiences the most wear and tear when the clutch disc and the flywheel
are rotating at different speeds to each other. When they are rotating at the
same speed, they are locked together so the friction material is kept tight
against the flywheel. This is why car drivers who slip their clutches a lot
tend to wear out their clutches much quicker than others.
clutch problem is sticking, which is when
the clutch won’t release properly and continues to turn and begins grinding
the input shaft.
If you require any industrial
clutches, then contact
who are the UK’s leading industrial clutches suppliers. Yorkshire-based and
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of the world.