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Theoretical, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and laboratory prototype testing of ST10000 conveyor belt splice arrangements and cord end conditions

Title of Project

Theoretical, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and laboratory prototype testing of ST10000 conveyor belt splice arrangements and cord end conditions

Advisor/s

Dr Greg Wheatley, Prof Craig Wheeler

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

Theoretical calculation and FEA will be used to analyse the shear stress in the bonding rubber between the cords in the splice. The stress concentration of the cut cord ends and the lack of bonding of the cut cord end to the bonding rubber will be included in the analysis. A variety of approaches will be analysed to determine an optimum splice layout for a given rating of belt. Once an optimum design is determined, both dynamic tensile and prototype belt laboratory testing will be undertaken. Dynamic splice fatigue testing verifies the splice design and materials for belt strengths greater than ST4000. For this test, a loop of belt is fabricated and spliced for testing. One of the pulleys drives the belt around while the other pulley is driven to vary the belt tension. The equipment can test to ST10000. The test methodology conforms to DIN 22110-3 standard.

Key Words

Conveyor belt; splice; cord end; DIN 22110-3

Would suit an applicant who

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

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