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Influence of Tensioner Dry Friction on the Vibration of Belt Drives With Belt Bending Stiffness

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Farong Zhu, Robert G. Parker

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Paper No. DETC2007-35817, pp. 1161-1171; 11 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A model of dry friction tensioner in a belt-pulley system considering transverse belt vibration is developed, and the influence of the dry friction on the system dynamics is examined. The discretized formulation is divided into a linear subsystem including linear coordinates and a nonlinear subsystem addressing tensioner arm vibration, which reduces the dimension of the iteration matrices when employing the harmonic balance method. The Coulomb damping at the tensioner arm pivot mitigates the tensioner arm vibration but not necessarily the vibrations of other system components. The extent of the mitigation varies for different excitation frequency ranges. The critical amplitude of the dry friction torque beyond which the system operates with a locked arm is determined analytically. Superharmonic resonances are observed in the responses of the generalized span coordinates but their amplitudes are small. The energy dissipation at the tensioner arm hub is discussed, and the stick-slip phenomena of the arm are reflected in the velocity reversals near the arm extreme location. Dependence of the span tension fluctuations on Coulomb torque is explored.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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