Introduction to Belt Drive Maintenance

Introduction to Belt Drive Maintenance

Updated Jan 21, 2021

 After this lesson, you will be able to knowledgeably discuss the general use and maintenance of belt drive systems.

• Define common belt drive terminology including:

– Belt pitch length

– Center distance

– Arc of contact

– Speed ratio

– Sheave, driven sheave, driver sheave, idler sheave, and sheave pitch diameter

• Identify advantages and disadvantages of belt drive systems

• Explain basic techniques for proper belt drive tensioning

• Describe some ways to alter a belt’s arc of contact