Electronic Clutch Design for Torque Converter in Automotive Applications
This paper presents a novel model design of a torque converter clutch. Present market in automotive industry prefers automatic transmission which is not as efficient in terms of fuel as manual transmission. The loss in efficiency is due to the Impeller connected to the engine rotates with greater angular velocity than the Turbine, connected to the Transaxle at high vehicle speeds. To counter this problem a clutch mechanism has been designed to connect the engine to the automatic transaxle, which reduces engine speed for a cruising vehicle speeds and helps in improving fuel efficiency and reduce losses. We develop the clutch operation pattern to be fed into an ECU which will help control the mechanism.
Index terms - Torque converter, Simulink, clutch, Friction