A New Rotating Wedge Clutch Actuation System

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  • 2017-01-2441

Published:
  • 2017-10-08
Abstract:
Rotating clutch play an important role in automatic transmission (AT), dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and hybrid transmission. Actuator simplification, cost reduction and control effects improvement is very important to improve the competitiveness of a transmission. An alternative concept of electrical motor driven actuation using a wedge mechanism, a wedge clutch, demonstrates potential benefits. This wedge clutch has the characteristics of good mechanical advantage, self-reinforcement, and faster and more precise controllability using electrical motor. In this paper, a new rotating wedge clutch is proposed. It presents a challenge since motor actuator has to be stationary while the clutch piston is rotating. A new mechanism to connect the motor to the wedge piston, including dual-plane bearings and two mechanical ramp linkages, is studied. The design and verification of the physical structure of the actuator are discussed in detail in the paper.
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