Belts drives

A brief summary

Belts drives are typically used to transfer torque and/or facilitate speed change from one shaft, the driver, to a second shaft, the driven. Benefits of using power transmission belts are low costs, narrow designs and high efficiency without using lubricants. Power transmission belts, which are rubber or polyurethane products, are used in many applications, from appliance gadgets and lifting systems to construction machines. Drive belts are grouped in three basic classifications determined by their cross-sectional shape and design: v or wedge, flat and synchronous or toothed.

This chapter will give you a thorough basic knowledge on power transmission belts and belt drive systems.

What you will learn

You will be able to learn several types of belts, which information you need to perform product selection and much more.

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Chapter Objectives



Belt Types

Flat Belts

  • Text reading

Rope Belts

  • Text reading


  • Text reading

Synchronous Belts

  • Text reading

Belt Standards

Application and Selection

Key Terms


Additional Information

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