Graduate Research School Available Projects Real time conveyor belt thickness measurement

Real time conveyor belt thickness measurement

Title of Project

Real time conveyor belt thickness measurement


Greg Wheatley, Kenneth Leong

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

A conveyor belt is the carrying medium of a belt conveyor system which is widely used across many industrial branches, especially in mining industries for bulk handling of raw materials like coal, coke, iron ore etc. The operation of conveyor belts is closely connected to various kinds of mechanical loading, which causes wear or gradual degradation of the conveyor belts. One of many symptoms indicating such wear and tear is the abrasion of the carrying and of the pulley cover. Decrements in the belt‘s cross-section reduce its puncture resistance, thus increasing the risk of core damage. A failure of the rubber belt in conveyor systems can lead to unexpected downtime of the plant and poses high safety risks. The primary purpose of thickness measurements is to determine the trended wear pattern and rate of wear for reinforced rubber belts. This maximizes the life of the rubber belt by predicting the end of its lifespan providing a tool for effective maintenance as well as allowing belt changes to be incorporated into the relevant budget cycle. The project centres on developing a novel and inexpensive method of real time measurement of conveyor belt thickness

Key Words

laboratory testing; prototype testing

Would suit an applicant who

has a sound academic background, research experience, an interest in electrical and mechanical engineering and strong experimental and computational skills.

Updated: 08 May 2020