Silva, L., Corrêa, M., Privatti, M., Rosa, A. et al., "Study the Contact Geometry between the Clutch Release Bearing and the Clutch Fingers," SAE Technical Paper 2014-36-0262, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-36-0262.
The clutch actuation system has the function of convert force made by the user on the pedal to a force acting on the clutch fingers. This system is compound with many components and one of than is the clutch release bearing. The clutch release bearing has direct contact with the finger of the clutch and materials in contact suffer a relative motion. In some case this relative motion is desired and other undesired. Thus this contact surface and the relative motion are important parameters to correct operation and to avoid wear. This paper will study the contact mechanic of this system and for this a large bibliographical review will be made and rise. Basic models and simulations will be developed to visualize the behavior of this system and also some experimental test will be done with different contact surface. This work will help to better understand the contact behavior and design contact geometry for minimum wear.