Patent Number: 6,332,520

Title: Planar ratchet one way clutch

Abstract: The invention is a planar clutch having a plurality of pawls and a relatedplurality of notches numerically selected so that two more pawls areengaged at substantially the same time, thus sharing and balancing theeccentric forces of engagement between the drive plate and the drivenplate. The pawls have a cross-sectional design, wherein each pawl hassurfaces for receiving compressive loading forces and is thicker at amiddle point between the surfaces for receiving compressing loadingforces. A pivot ridge is located at the thickest area of the pawl.

Inventors: Costin; Daniel P. (Naperville, IL)


International Classification: F16D 41/12 (20060101); F16D 41/00 (20060101); F16D 041/12 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2014