One-way mechanism similar to freewheel?
I'm working on a device which greatly resembles an e-brake handle. The user grabs the handle, pulls it up, and cannot push it back down unless a release of sorts is triggered.
I'd like to improve the device by removing the ratcheting function and replacing it with a one-way toothless ratchet (I think it's called a freewheel?). This eliminates the "slop" caused by teeth and gives smoother operation.
Problem is I don't know where to start with this.
Are there other "one way" devices that I could adopt? Are there existing designs for toothless ratchets available?
Any help is appreciated!
Free wheel has the teeth inside. You can consider some sort of friction plate like a clutch.
What I suggested may need some elaboration. What I am getting at is some kind of friction drive riding on the circumference of the ‘free wheel’, which engages the edge in one direction and disengages in the reverse direction.