Introduction to Belt Drive Maintenance

Learning objectives

  • Define common belt drive terminology including:
    • Belt pitch length
    • Center distance
    • Arc of contact
    • Speed ratio
    • Sheave, driven sheave, driver sheave, idler sheave, and sheave pitch diameter
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of belt drive systems
  • Explain basic techniques for proper belt drive tensioning
  • Describe some ways to alter a belt’s arc of contact

Course overview

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to knowledgeably discuss the general use and maintenance of belt drive systems.

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