KALAMAZOO, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has published a new technical paper on how contemporary mechanical clutches can protect high-value drivetrain components from harmful torsional vibrations in commercial trucks. The one-page, two-sided, color document (item number CLWP0001) is available at www.eaton.com/roadranger, the online site for all sales and service support for Eaton’s commercial vehicle operations in North America.
Titled “The Role of Mechanical Clutches in Dampening Torsional Vibrations,” the piece describes how modern damper technology has evolved over the years to effectively reduce driveline resonance that is created naturally in any internal combustion engine. It also points out how modern dampers have been adapted to work especially well with today’s high-torque, low-speed engines, which increase the amount of vibration in the drivetrain.
Prashant Kulkarni, engineering manager – Clutch Division, Eaton Corporation, authored the paper and notes, “The damper is the most critical part of a clutch. If you design the stiffness of the damper appropriately, it will positively impact the entire driveline.”
The paper includes information on how breadth of product, selecting the correct amount of friction material and the number of springs all factor into the success of a modern heavy-duty clutch. Kulkarni also presents an informative overview on how clutches have evolved over the years.
The Roadranger® network supports Eaton Corporation and other trusted partners, and includes more than 200 drivetrain professionals providing specification assistance, training, service, parts and warranty expertise throughout North America. For more information on Eaton clutches and other Roadranger products and services, visit www.eaton.com/roadranger, where the latest product information is available, as well as service, parts and training assistance, 24 hours a day. Experts are available in the Roadranger Call Center by dialing 1-800-826-HELP (4357) in the U.S. and Canada. In Mexico, dial 01-800-826-4357.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 72,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.