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Homework Help: Belt & Pulley Question

  1. Nov 16, 2011 #1
    Hi guys,

    I am working on a simple belt and pulley question, as pictured below.


    To find the magnitude, I used the following equation:



    9.81(2500-600)/(2500+600) = 6.01 - Answer = 6kN

    Is this correct, or am I doing it totally wrong? I have searched for the same question but didn't find any like this with a single pulley, all other examples seem to show 2 pulleys.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Nov 16, 2011 #2

    Doc Al

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    I don't understand that expression. Where did you get it? (Are m and M masses?)

    In any case, why not just find the net force on the pulley due to the belt tension? Add up those tension forces vectorially.
  4. Nov 16, 2011 #3
    Yes, they are masses. That's a formula I found via Google.

    How would you attempt the whole question?
  5. Nov 16, 2011 #4

    Doc Al

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    Masses of what? How is that relevant?
    Do as I suggested in my last post.
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