Development of Compact, High Capacity AWD Coupling with DLC-Si Coated Electromagnetic Clutch
We have developed a high capacity electromagnetic clutch by means of Si-containing diamond-like carbon (DLC-Si) coating. The durability of the new clutch is enhanced up to 8 times higher than that of the conventional one. Such a superior performance is due to several tribological properties of the DLC-Si film and micro morphology on the clutch surface. In particular, the DLC-Si plays a significant role in maintaining the groove shape of the clutch and giving sufficient friction in fluid, which is required for a drivetrain device. Besides, our deposition process (using direct current plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition) has afforded homogeneous DLC-Si-coated clutches in large quantities. These techniques have enabled us to reduce the number of clutch discs per coupling and achieve a more compact and higher capacity AWD coupling at a lower cost.