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7 Clutches and bearings (17412)

Explain working principle of clutch. State its location in transmission system of an automobile.

A friction clutch has its principal application in the transmission of power of shafts and machines, which must be started and stopped frequently. The force of friction is used to start the driven shaft from rest and gradually brings it up to the proper speed without excessive slipping of the friction surfaces. In automobiles, friction clutch is used to connect the engine to the driven shaft. In operating such a clutch, care should be taken so that the friction surfaces engage easily and gradually brings the driven shaft up to proper speed.

Explain the working of centrifugal clutch with neat sketch.

centrifugal Clutch:

• A centrifugal clutch is a clutch that uses centrifugal force to connect two concentric shafts, with the driving shaft nested inside the driven shaft.

• It consists of number of shoe on the inside of a rim of pulley. The outer surface of pulley is covered with friction material.

• These shoes move radially in guides.

• As the speed of the shaft increase, the centrifugal force on the shoes increases.

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