Eaton releases white paper on clutches

Updated Jul 11, 2012

Eaton ClutchEaton 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. This one-page, two-sided, color document (item number CLWP0001) is available at

Titled “The Role of Mechanical Clutches in Dampening Torsional Vibrations,” Eaton says 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 is said to point 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.”

Eaton says the paper also 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 overview on how clutches have evolved over the years.

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