ACCELERATION CONTROL OF WRAP SPRING CLUTCHES
Original Publication Date: 1979-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02
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Typical wrap spring clutches have rapid engagement rates which result in high impact/torque forces on the clutched mechanisms, By interposing a layer of elastomer on an undercut in the shaft where the wrap spring drive engages, the acceleration can be slowed resulting in a soft start, This could also be accomplished by interposed sleeves of an elastomer or coating the wrap spring element. The thickness, durometer, friction, etc., of the interposed material can be varied to change the rate of acceleration.