RESEARCH PAPERS: Power Transmission and Gearing Papers

Closed-Form Approximations to the Solution of V-Belt Force and Slip Equations

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J. P. Dolan, W. S. Worley

The Gates Corporation, Denver, Colo. 80217

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 107(2), 292-300 (Jun 01, 1985) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258723 History: Received July 05, 1984; Online November 19, 2009


A method for generating accurate numerical solutions of the exact differential equations describing tension distribution and radial penetration of a flexible V-belt on driveN and driveR sheaves is presented and results are compared with approximate solutions reported in the literature. Analytical approximations for these solutions of higher accuracy than any previously published have been found and are presented. They suggest important modifications of current design practice for belt tensioning and life appraisal.

Copyright © 1985 by ASME
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