Influence of the Bending Stiffness on the Shape of a Belt in Steady Motion

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R. Fosdick

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. 55455

P. Villaggio

Istituto di Scienza delle Costruzioni, 56100 Pisa, Italy

J. Appl. Mech 53(2), 266-270 (Jun 01, 1986) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3171750 History: Received February 21, 1985; Revised September 03, 1985; Online July 21, 2009


The equilibrium and steady forms of a pulley belt are determined. We consider large displacements of the central line of the belt for a special class of nonlinear stress-strain relations which includes the usual linear elastic case. If the centrifugal force on the belt is neglected, it is possible to obtain an explicit solution; if the centrifugal force is taken into account, but it is not very large, an approximate, but still explicit, solution can be derived.

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