Investigation of thermoelastic problem of multiple-disc friction clutches applying different thermal loads
The designers of friction clutch systems in vehicular applications should always take into account a number of essential criteria. The friction clutch should be able to transfer the torque from the driving shaft to the driven one within a short time and minimum amount of shocks and vibrations to make the engagement (disengagement) as gentle as possible. Furthermore, it is well known that high surface temperatures were noticed during the beginning of engagement period due to slipping between the contacting elements of the friction clutch system with ensuing heat generation. The transient thermoelastic problem of multi-disc systems has been deeply investigated by many scientists and researchers using numerical techniques such as finite element method. In this analysis, the influence of the sliding speed on the thermoelastic behavior when the initial heat generated is constant was studied. For this purpose an axisymmetric finite element models were developed and used in the simulation shown in the paper.