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6/26/2015

ContiTech develops carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide torque clutch

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The company says the weight of this component is less than half that of previous alternatives.

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ContiTech Vibration Control (Hedemünden, Germany) has launched a new torque clutch, which is made with carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide. The company says the weight of this component is less than half that of previous alternatives, which helps to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle.

A similar material is already used for other vehicle components such as transmission crossbeams and torque rod supports. “In relation to this torque clutch, however, it is a first,” said Rolf Weiß, head of product development at ContiTech Vibration Control in Dannenber. The assembly also contains components made from thermoplastic polyurethane. This combination makes the torque clutch particularly abrasion-resistant. The material reduces wear throughout the entire service life of the component. In passenger cars with electronic steering assistance, it links the engine with the transmission at the steering and protects the transmission by compensating for the axle offset in the event of wear.

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