David Pearson Stoltze - Brighton MI,
A torque arm assembly for a backstopping clutch is provided that enables load sharing among multiple torque arm assemblies, controlled release of load on the torque arm assembly and load sensing. The torque arm assembly includes a head member that is connected to an outer race of a backstopping clutch and defines a pair of attachment points. One end of an arm member is pivotally connected to one attachment point of the head member while the other end of the arm member is connected to a stationary structure. A strut extends between the other attachment point of the head member and the arm member. Upon backstopping action by the clutch, the head member rotates slightly against the force of the strut allowing other torque arm assemblies to receive a portion of the system load. Movement of a strut seat then allows controlled release of the load tension.