Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Belt Design Question

  1. Apr 17, 2008 #1
    I am attempting to design a basic 3 axis system, where the motor to idler ratio is 3:1, and the idler to driven ratio is 1:2. The motor is 1.5 kW, variable speed. All three axis are in vertical alignment. This is a belt drive using a flat multi-vee belt.
    My problem is trying to explain the difference between the static and dynamic loads on the shafts. I have been told that centrifugal force plays a part in the lower dynamic loads, but I am still not able to understand this to a point where I can pass along the information. The motor will rotate anywhere from 150 to 10000 RPM - how does such a low speed generate enough centrifugal force to change the shaft load?

    Can anyone pass on some basic theory or point me to some sites where I can read up on this?

    Thanks for the help
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 17, 2008 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    I am assuming that you are referring to rotary bearings when talking about centrifugals. Either way, a bearing has a dynamic load capacity which is the maximum load it can handle while still rotating. This is opposed to the static load which is the max load while the bearing is not rotating.

    Take a look here and see if this quick read helps:
  4. Apr 17, 2008 #3
    Thanks for the site - lots of good info there.

    I didn't see anything that would provide an answer as to why a rotating shaft would see lower loads than a stationary shaft. I realize the bearings will distribute the load - that isn't where my problem lies. I just need to nderstand the basic theory behind why a dynamic load is lower than a static load.

    Can you provide the Cliffs Notes version of that?
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Threads - Belt Design Question Date
Auto Timing Belt Tooth Profile Nov 18, 2017
What makes a misaligned belt drive inefficient? Aug 30, 2017
Alt azimuth mount for heliostat design Oct 25, 2014