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International Journal of Applied Research in Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

Experiments and simulations performed in the framework of accelerated-life tests of wet friction clutches reveal that with the progression of degradation of clutches, the transmitted power decreases together with a change in the energy flow behavior, mainly in the pre-lockup phase. In addition, the engagement duration increases and the relative velocity fluctuation in post-lockup phase changes. These degradation effects are due to the reduction in friction torque and the change in the relative velocity profile caused by the changing friction characteristics of the clutch friction material with degradation. Simulations are performed in a bond graph methodology incorporating an adapted form of the Generalized Maxwell Slip (GMS) friction model, which calculates the friction torque taking into account the dynamic variation in relative velocity and the normal load.

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