A Comprehensive Study of Self-Induced Torque Amplification in Rotary Viscous Couplings

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Sankar K. Mohan

Advanced Engineering, New Venture Gear Inc., 6600 NVG Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Bandaru V. Ramarao

State University of New York, Environmental Science and Forestry, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210

J. Tribol 125(1), 110-120 (Dec 31, 2002) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1504087 History: Received February 21, 2002; Revised June 13, 2002; Online December 31, 2002
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Viscous coupling—general details
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Torque, temperature, and pressure traces
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Self-induced torque amplification in flow cells (STA sequence)
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Viscosity as a function of shear rate
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Calculated and experimental results for shear torque
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Calculated shear torque as a function of inner plate axial position
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Simplified geometry of the plate tab
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Calculated tab deflection and axial force
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Deflected geometry of inner plate tab
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Separation of air at the low pressure side of the tabs
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Plate cell geometry and leakage flow
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Experimental and calculated results of pressure rise
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Experimental and simulation results for torque during STA process
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Schematic experimental setup




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