Friction clutch

Definition of Friction clutch

an engaging and disengaging gear for revolving shafts, pulleys, etc., acting by friction
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A device in which a piece on one shaft or pulley is so forcibly pressed against a piece on another shaft that the two will revolve together; as, in the illustration, the cone a on one shaft, when thrust forcibly into the corresponding hollow cone b on the other shaft, compels the shafts to rotate together, by the hold the friction of the conical surfaces gives.
A toothed clutch, one member of which, instead of being made fast on its shaft, is held by friction and can turn, by slipping, under excessive strain or in starting.

See also: Friction Friction Friction

Related Words

clutch, cone clutch, cone friction clutch, disk clutch, slip clutch, slip friction clutch
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