Variant Friction Coefficients of Lagging and Implications for Conveyor Design

This whitepaper reviews a technique for measuring lagging friction coefficients under typical conveyor belt pressures and discusses the surprising results and explores the concept of lagging traction as a more accurate depiction of drive capacity. The data presented will suggest the existence of a maximum available traction, regardless of increasing pressure, for each lagging design.

The paper then demonstrates how changes in the pulley diameter, wrap angle or lagging type can have a strong influence on the minimum tension rating required for the conveyor belt. The techniques presented can have a considerable impact on your bottom line.

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