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Calculating Synchronous Belt Speed

Monday, June 3, 2013

posted by Michelle at 3:13 PM

For linear belt applications, it is often desirable to determine belt speed. The speed depends on both the sprocket pitch diameter and rpm.  It is calculated as follows:

S = (pd x rpm)/3.82

      S  is the belt speed in feet/minute
      pd is the sprocket pitch diameter in inches
      rpm is the sprocket speed

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