US Patent No. 10,557,519

AUTOMOTIVE FLYWHEEL WITH FINS TO INCREASE AIRFLOW THROUGH CLUTCH, AND HEAT MANAGEMENT METHOD


Patent No. 10,557,519
Issue Date February 11, 2020
Title Automotive Flywheel With Fins To Increase Airflow Through Clutch, And Heat Management Method
Inventorship Ross A. McCombs, Oskaloosa, IA (US)
Assignee Accel Performance Group LLC, Bowling Green, KY (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,557,519

1. A method of manufacturing an engine flywheel for cooling a clutch assembly operably connected to the flywheel, comprising:providing a cylindrical engine flywheel having an engine side configured to be positioned adjacent an engine, and a clutch side configured to be positioned adjacent a clutch assembly;
forming an aperture through the flywheel for operably attaching the flywheel to the engine; and,
forming a plurality of clutch fins on the clutch side of the flywheel to cool the clutch assembly as the flywheel spins, the plurality of clutch fins having a face that is coplanar with the clutch side of the flywheel and wherein said face of each clutch fin has a surface area that is greater than a surface area of a bottom surface of a groove between two adjacent of said fins.