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Gear Coupling Control Using Clutches

Methods for coupling and decoupling driveshafts using simple and complex clutches

An important requirement of a practical drivetrain is the ability to transfer rotational motion and torque among spinning components at different speeds and gear ratios. In general, a single set of gears is not sufficient to accomplish this transfer. Clutches allow the drivetrain to transfer motion, torque, and force at different gear ratios under manual or automatic control.