Clutch Disk Design Equations

Machine Design and Application

Clutch Disk Design Equations

The simplest type of clutch is the single-plate clutch in which an annular plate with a surface of friction material is forced against a metal disk by means of a spring, or springs, or by other means. There are two theories which give slightly different values of torque capacity.

Clutch Disk Design

Clutch Disk Design Equations
Uniform-wear theory equation

Where:

F = spring force
ro =outer radius of friction material
ri =inner radius of friction material
µ = coefficient of friction

Uniform-pressure theory equation

Uniform-pressure theory

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