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Clutches and Brakes Design and Selection

Clutches and Brakes Design and Selection

Chapter 1, Friction Materials, has been rewritten for two reasons. The first is that graphical data of the sort found in the first edition can no longer be obtained from many of the lining manufacturers. It appears that this absence of graphical data is due to the Trial Lawyers Association curse that has made it risky to provide such data because it may be misinterpreted by technically illiterate judges and juries to place blame where there is no basis for it. The second reason is that asbestos is no longer used in brake and clutch lining materials manufactured in the United States. Thus, data for lining materials containing asbestos are obsolete.

 

Other changes in the second edition consist of correcting the misprints that have been discovered since the publication of the first edition, a corrected and expanded discussion of cone brakes and clutches, a simpler formulation of the torque from a centrifugal clutch, an update of antiskid control, the addition of a chapter dealing with fluid clutches and retarders, and a chapter dealing with friction drives.

The flowcharts in the first edition that were given as an aid to those readers who may have wished to write computer programs to simplify brake and clutch design have been eliminated in this edition. The availability of commercial numerical analysis programs that may be used in engineering design has eliminated most, if not all, of the need for engineers to write their own analytical programs. The two analytical programs used in the book are listed here with the addresses of their providers at this time. Suppliers for more extensive computer-aided engineering and design programs advertise in engineering magazines. Their addresses and capabilities may also be found in the Thomas Register, held by most engineering libraries, and they were available online in 2003 at www.thomasregister.com.

Changes in ownership of many of the manufacturers of the products illustrated in this book have occurred since the publication of the first edition. Although the products available and their principles of operation generally have remained unchanged, the credit lines for some of these illustrations may refer to manufacturers’ names that are no longer in use. Others may become

obsolete in the future.

 

William C. Orthwein

 

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