Multipulley Belt Drive Mechanics: Creep Theory vs Shear Theory

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D. G. Alciatore

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

A. E. Traver

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78746

J. Mech. Des 117(4), 506-511 (Dec 01, 1995) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826711 History: Received November 01, 1989; Online December 11, 2007


This paper investigates two belt mechanics theories and discusses the situations and materials for which they apply. Traditional creep theory is presented along with shear theory which was recently introduced to describe the behavior of steel-reinforced belts. Emphasis is placed on determination of tensions in the spans of a running belt and on applying results to multipulley configurations.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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