Computer-Aided Tool for Teaching Mechanical Clutch Systems Design Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2011

start page

  • 493

end page

  • 500


  • 3


  • 19

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1061-3773

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1099-0542


  • This paper describes an educational computer application—MecClutch—focused on teaching the design process of mechanical clutches and their operational conditions to Mechanical Engineering students. The software is divided into three sections: (1) multimedia files, pictures, and videos, produced in order to teach the working of the mechanism, (2) theoretical information related to mechanical clutches, and (3) interactive problems that allow to design a mechanical clutch and test changes in operational conditions when varying the value of critical design parameters. This software has become a very useful tool for undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students in compliment to theoretical classes or alone, as a self-study tool.