Single Plate Clutch

  • The clutch plate is placed in its proper position, between the flywheel and the pressure plate, and the three main parts start to rotate with the help of thrust ball bearings. When the clutch is engaged, the clutch plate is pressed against the flywheel by the clamping force of the pressure plate.
  • A single-plate clutch has one clutch plate and works on the principle of friction. These are of two types: the Helical spring type and the Diaphragm spring type. In helical spring-type clutches, the helical springs are used uniformly over the cross-sectional area of the pressure plate to exert axial force.
  • ‘In its operation, there is very little slippage. Slip occurs just when the clutch is engaged; after that, there is no slipping and the operation is quite smooth.