- Oct 18, 2003
- Saline Michigan
Sort of. You are not controlling the clutch directly, you are now in a system with coupled operating variables. Engine speed determines if you have engagement. Seems elegant until you are maneuvering in a harbor and find that you have only too much power and coasting as options. I think I would rather have beta pitch available, and I am used to that with boats.Shift the engagement point above idle and you now have manual control. Clutch would wear faster and generate more heat, so that may be an issue that ends up raising weight.
Theoretically you can raise the engagement speed with attendant risks. That exposes you to how to do a restart if you run a tank dry and engine speed drops to disengagement speed before you figure it out. Much faster to restart if it windmills through injector purge instead of going through that with the starter motor at cranking speed. It also exposes you to many more cycles on not just the clutch, but on the isolator system. You want to redesign the centrifugal clutch, isolator, be the fabricator, test engineer, test pilot, etc? You can, I will held your beer and watch.