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Clutch Material Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of clutch material suppliers. Use our website to review and source top clutch material suppliers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find clutch material companies that can design and engineer clutch materials to your companies specifications. Then contact the clutch material companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product new articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of clutch pad materials, heat resistant clutch materials, clutch flywheel materials or customized clutch materials of every type, this is the resource for you.

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  • Personalizing your clutch

    Most people can name a car that's caught their eye, and there are even a good number who have driven that car. But a true enthusiast knows there's more to the car than its paint job. Let's use clutch as an example. Did you know that too much clutch on a car can be a bad thing, or that you should use a clutch pad material specified to your car's purpose? Do you know what kind of material to use on the clutch when dealing with a street car? Are...

  • Material Types

    The clutch facing material is the type of material used on clutch facings for vehicles and clutch plates. In general, there are three main categories of clutch facing material, the molded type, mill board type, and woven type. Each type has their own benefits and drawbacks. Mill board types is made from an asbestos sheet treated with impregnates. The facing disks are cut down from the main mill board sheet. Mill board is the cheapest kind of clutch material. Woven types are made from cloth impregnated with binders. The cloth...

  • Clutch Materials and Friction Materials

    Automotive uses for friction materials abound. Because automobiles depend so heavily on moving parts and the control of those moving parts, friction materials are extensively employed within automobiles in order to make their operation highly controllable. Friction materials are essential parts of braking systems, where they can be found in brake pads as well as brake shoes, brake discs and in other parts of brake systems. They are also used extensively in clutch systems. The clutch, in an automobile, is the means by which power is transmitted from an engine...

  • Differences Between Clutch Materials

    There are many different clutch materials available these days. The type of material one should use depends on the application and kind of car. Important variables include the operating temperature range, durability, clamping force, feel of the clutch and breaking period. Clutch materials include organic, Kevlar, segmented Kevlar, hybrid carbon/ceramic/organic carbon/ceramic and sintered iron. Each material has its place depending on what the cars will be used for. Organic materials are well suited for street driven cars. They have a wide range of operating temperatures and can handle hard use....

Industry Information

Clutch Materials

Clutch materials encompass a wide variety of durable and heat resistant substances used in the construction of devices used to connect the engine of a vehicle to the transmissions input shaft allowing the temporary separation needed to shift gears and coast. Clutch systems that utilize these materials are made up of several components such as clutch facing, pressure plates, clutch discs, and flywheels. The many different mechanical parts require many different materials. Likewise, the myriad of applications for clutches necessitates variable construction.

Clutch materials are used in automotive, railway, transit coach, motorcycle, construction machinery and agricultural industries to help control speed and gear shifting in vehicles ranging from tractors to race cars. No matter the size or specific part, there are general guidelines for clutch materials. These materials must be strong and able to resist wear effects as might be accrued from scoring, galling and ablation. As shifting gears generates heat as a byproduct, these materials must account for thermal expansion and remain constant at a range of temperatures, have high heat capacity, good thermal properties and conductivity. These systems inherently deal with a great deal of pressure making the ability to withstand high contact pressures essential to their functionality. Clutch apparatus may be exposed to the environment and must be able to endure moisture, dust and other environmental factors while continuing to provide consistent clutch engagement and disengagement. Many, but not all, components are subject to frequent friction. These particular components must exhibit all of the above qualities while also maintaining a high coefficient of friction, which is the ratio of the force of friction between two bodies in contact with one another. These friction materials are often rough or textured to provide added friction and increase efficiency.

In general, the compression of a clutch pedal or lever causes several springs connected to a pressure plate to compress as well. This pulls the plate, and connected clutch disc, away from the flywheel which is bolted to the engines crankshaft. The disconnection stops the rotation of the clutch disc which intern disconnects the central hub of the disc from the input shaft. The driver may then shift gears or coast. After shifting, the pedal is released and the clutch disc reengages the flywheel. The clutch system works to ensure consistent clutch engagement and disengagement. Among the high stress but low friction components such as the pressure plate, steel, cast iron, aluminum and ceramics are common. While asbestos was once the most popular choice for elements encountering large amounts of friction, health hazards have lead clutch manufacturers to find alternatives. Ceramic, copper, steel, iron, mineral, cellulose, aramid, chopped glass, rubber and brass fivers are all used in the creation of composite materials used in clutches. These amalgamations are useful in that they retain the qualities, friction resistance and strength, of any and all powders and fibers used in their formation. These clutch materials are often attached via rivets or strong adhesives to metal bases. Field experience, as well as chemical and material engineering, allows constant advancements in clutch material design. These advancements result in reduced maintenance and operating costs, longer wear life, better functionality and overall consumer satisfaction.


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