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1. (WO2017151119) BI-DIRECTIONAL WEDGE CLUTCH COLLAPSING INNER RACE

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/151119    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/020264
Publication Date: Sat Sep 09 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Mar 02 00:59:59 CET 2016
IPC: F16D 7/02
F16D 7/00
F16D 21/00
Applicants: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
HIXENBAUGH, Josh
SCHAEFFLER GROUP USA, INC.
Inventors: HIXENBAUGH, Josh
Title: BI-DIRECTIONAL WEDGE CLUTCH COLLAPSING INNER RACE
Abstract:
A bi-directional wedge clutch for a motor vehicle drive train is provided. The bi¬ directional wedge clutch includes a driver; an inner race configured for being driven by the driver; a wedge plate on an outer circumferential surface of the inner race and an outer race on an outer circumferential surface of the wedge plate. The inner race and the wedge plate are configured such that torque is transferrable in two rotational directions from the inner race to the outer race via the wedge plate. The clutch also includes a releaser configured for sliding axial in a channel formed in the outer circumferential surface of the inner race and engaging the wedge plate to release the clutch when the inner race is rotating in either of the two rotational directions. A method of forming a bi¬ directional wedge clutch for a motor vehicle drive train is also provided.