Bestech Australia offer clutch wear sensors for racing cars that often experience stress on the circuits. The clutch is an important component in a car and is subject to extreme stress. It is good to monitor the clutch wear during a long race, to determine when to ease off pushing for speed or even replace the clutch. The Inductive-potentiometric displacement sensor from Micro-Epsilon can be used for this application.
Temperatures of up to 150°C, together with heavy shocks and vibrations, must be withstood, and any tendency for damage must be recognised in time. The clutch wear sensor from Bestech Australia is a non-contact displacement sensor. It is based on the vipSENSOR eddy-current loss principle and is not subject to any wear.
Clutch wear sensors from Bestech Australia do not require magnets to take a displacement reading as magnets have changing properties based on temperature and any metallic swarf can distort readings.
These displacement sensors have a large measurement range compared to the installed length. This means that the displacement sensor can be used directly without modifying the release bearing, which the sensor is located directly on. Both the normal stroke of the clutch and its wear can be measured. The clutch wear sensor’s electronic system is located in a small, compact control unit and does not require components such as sine wave oscillators to be fully functional.
A high dynamic response rate makes this clutch wear sensor suitable for racing cars and other applications. The sensor can be economically manufactured in large quantities to replace magnetic and contacting sensors.