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Working on a blower which is directly coupled with motor

  1. Sep 19, 2013 #1
    Hi everyone,

    I am mechanical engineer by profession. I need little help from you guys.
    I am working on a blower which is directly coupled with motor. Now I am plannig to shift it to Belt Drive.
    Purpose behind doing this was that we need to save power and avoid alignment issues related to it.
    I have done all calculation for it summary of it is below

    Design Summary

    Motor Power (hp) 121
    Service Factor 1.3
    Design Power (hp) 157
    Motor rpm 1480
    Required blower rpm 700
    Speed Ratio 2.11
    Motor Pulley Dia (in) 7.1
    Blower Pulley Dia (in) 14.9
    Belt Length (in) 95
    Center Distance (in) 30.20
    Number of belts 10

    After doing all that calculation I am stuck in one thing how much power is saved by doing this and do we need to install lower rating motor in it when we shift to belt drive kindly help in this regard.
    In simple words how much power is saved when motor rpm are reduced from 1480 to output rpm 700.

    Adil Akbar
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  3. Sep 20, 2013 #2
    That depends on your specific blower. It should have a curve.

    BTW, the motor rpm is still 1480, the blower rpm is what is changing.
  4. Sep 22, 2013 #3
    Can you explain which curve are you talking about. I don't have any curve of that blower.
  5. Sep 23, 2013 #4


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    The nice thing about belt drives is they require no lubrication. You can adjust pulley sizes to achieve the desired RPM. You lose a small amount of torque due to friction losses, but, not enough to be of concern. Driving a blower coupled directly to the motor shaft is generally frowned upon.
  6. Sep 23, 2013 #5
    The fan manufacturer will have a performance curve for your specific model of blower. I'd contact the manufacturer if you don't have that info.
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