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As the interface between engine and transmission, clutch system are exposed to high dynamic loads under harsh environmental conditions.
In addition to quickly and reliably separating and connecting the power from the engine to the transmission the clutch must also ensure the smooth startup of the vehicle whilst damping the torsional vibrations in the drive train. New transmission designs introduce further demands for clutch performance and service life which are reflected in the continued development and testing of these key components.
Instron's dynamic clutch test rig allows a co-axial torsion test, in which both quasi-static and highly dynamic torque loads can be generated while the clutch is rotating. The test rig enables validation of the durability and the performance characteristics of clutch components. Inclusion of thermal loads enables the entire lifecycle of clutch components to be simulated.