DOI: 10.1115/1.4032383
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Abstract: A necessary condition for high-fidelity dynamic simulation of belt-drives is to accurately predict the belt stresses, pulley angular velocities, belt slip, and belt-drive energy efficiency. In previous papers, those quantities were predicted using thin shell, beam, or truss elements along with a Coulomb friction model. However, flat rubber belts have a finite thickness and the reinforcements are typically located near the top surface of the belt. In this paper, the effect of the belt thickness on the aforement…

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