Abstract

This thesis proposes that compliant mechanism theory can be used to design over-running ratchet and pawl clutches with reduced part count, lower assembly and manufacturing time while maintaining functionality. An extension of the theory to the micro regime is also briefly addressed. The results of the research show that the ratchet and pawl type of over-running clutch is a good choice for the use of compliance, and the clutch pawls should be loaded in compression to get the largest amount of output torque. It was found that com-pliant mechanism theory can be used to design ratchet and pawl clutches with fewer parts and lower manufacturing and assembly costs, and that these clutches perform comparable to traditional rigid-body ratchet and pawl clutches. Compliant ratchet and pawl clutches can replace traditional rigid-body clutches in some applications and now make it possible to be used in applications where it was once not economically feasible to use a over-running clutch. It was also found that these clutches function at the micro level.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering

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Date Submitted

2003-03-11

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd171

Keywords

compliant mechanism, clutch, ratchet, over-running ratchet, pawl clutch

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