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Fabrication of a cone clutch to measure the output torque at different engagement angles and improved efficiency

Project Overview

This project is intended to fabricate an existing cone clutch mechanism in order to improve its efficiency and analyse the behaviour of torque acting against speed at two different cone angles of 12.5 O and 14.5 O. Since, most cone clutch angles range within 10 O to 15 O, we have selected two cone angles to compare their results with respect to torque and how much efficiency can be improved by a means of a linear actuator acting parallel to the spring against the cone clutch engagement which will account for the loss in friction while at high speeds. Since, these types of clutches were widely used in the early 20th century in the pre-war stages, our project will try to deduce their implications to be met in the modern world. Furthermore, parameters such as friction lining, output maximum torque versus the angular speed, contact angle, contact surface area on the peripheral of the cup and cone and the spring for disengagement/engagement are the vital elements in this whole mechanism. In order to test the fabricated existing cone clutch mechanism for the purpose of analysis, the components selection and the parameters adjustments would surely play quite a significant role in approaching our purpose of undergoing through the amount of time and effort we will be putting in as a team.

Project Objectives

Our project our team is based on the following objectives:
  • Improve the cone clutch mechanism.
  • Analyze the losses at two different cone angles (12.5 & 14.5).
  • Determine the output torque produced by a means of an in-built dynamometer mechanism.
  • Improve the efficiency of the cone clutch by externally exerting force via spring to the cone.


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