Centrifugal Clutch Design and Equations

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Centrifugal Clutch Design and Equations

Internally expanding friction shoes are held in contact, by the force due to rotation against the force of a light spring. The torque capacity increases as the speed increases.

Centrifugal Clutch Design

Torque capacity (2 shoes)

Torque capacity

ω = 2 π N

where:

m = mass of shoe
k = spring stiffness
x = deflection of spring
µ = coefficient of friction
F = radial force on drum
N = rotational speed
ω = angular velocity

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