The Redundant Omega Clutch: A Marine Propulsion Clutch for Turbines PUBLIC ACCESS

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G. Aschauer

Twin Disc, Incorporated, Racine, WI

Paper No. 76-GT-65, pp. V01AT01A065; 13 pages
  • ASME 1976 International Gas Turbine and Fluids Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: General
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, March 21–25, 1976
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7974-0
  • Copyright © 1976 by ASME


The Redundant Omega Clutch is an output shaft-driven centrifugal clutch with an inbuilt hydraulic governor. The clutch is designed with a backup engaging system that provides two separated engaging systems to assure clutch plate clamp. Centrifugal thrust in the engaging cylinders alone is sufficient to maintain clutch engagement for a period of time in the unlikely event of loss of clutch apply pressure from both systems. The clutch has capability to maintain a selected output speed independent of input speed variations and to accept continuous slip heat energy. This paper deals with the design of the clutch and its control system, the principles of operation, performance characteristics, and testing results.

Copyright © 1976 by ASME
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