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What is Belt Pull?

Friday, May 18, 2012

posted by Michelle at 9:32 AM

Belt pull estimates the force a belt exerts on a shaft. It is the force applied to a shaft by the two belt spans entering and exiting a pulley.  Belt pull does not account for pulley weight or pulley location on a shaft.  While related, bell pull should not be considered to be interchangeable with bearing load or over hung load values. 

Belt pull values can be calculated using Gates Design Flex® and Design IQ® software programs, or by using formulas found in the Gates drive design manuals.

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