This example shows a stepping mechanism constructed from a self-locking leadscrew and a unidirectional clutch. The input shaft of the unidirectional clutch oscillates with velocity amplitude 2 rad/s and frequency 0.5 rad/s. The unidirectional clutch drives the load via the leadscrew. The lead angle of the screw is small enough to ensure self-locking operation due to geometry and thread friction. As a result, the load maintains its position while the clutch input shaft rotates in the opposite direction and the load moves in incremental steps of about 25 mm.
Fixed-step simulation performance, such as required for hardware-In-the-loop (HIL) testing, can be improved by removing the flexible shaft components. In this example, removing the flexible shaft makes a fixed step of up to 0.1 seconds possible if the Local Solver with Trapezoidal Rule is used.