Piece-wise linear dynamic systems with one-way clutches

Eric M. Mockensturm, Raghavan Balaji

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One-way clutches and clutch bearings are being used in a wide variety of dynamic systems. Motivated by their recent use as ratchets in piezoelectric actuators and decoupling devices in serpentine belt drives, a method of analysis of systems containing oneway clutches is presented. Two simple systems are analyzed. The goal of the first is the power transmission which would be of concern in an actuator. The goal of the second is decoupling large inertia elements to reduce loads in an oscillating system, the objective of the clutch in a serpentine belt drive. Results show how system parameters can be tuned to meet the desired performance of these piece-wise linear systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-482
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vibration and Acoustics, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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