Model: 104 Multiple Disk Clutch
Clutches were explained in No. 32. This type is a friction clutch. The shaft on the left is connected to the crank shaft of the engine. The two driving disks are mounted one on the crank shaft end, being the clutch plate, and one on the drive shaft end. The clutch plate is fixed on a sleeve and slides on the crank shaft. The red and white disk on the right connects with the transmission. In front of the clutch plate are several disks mounted loosely on the crank shaft. When the clutch pedal is pressed down, the clutch plate and loosely mounted disks are parted, thereby breaking connection with the engine. When the clutch pedal is left in place the clutch plate gradually engages with the multiple disks, thereby moving the car. Multiple disks afford a smooth starting and less wear, because the friction is distributed in all disks.
[Virginia Downward & William M. Clark, 1930]

[Editor’s Note: A set of clutch mechanism models can be found in the Reuleaux-Voigt series Z-1 to Z-7. FCM]

Francis Moon 2005-00-00

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