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Influence of Design Parameters of Idler Bearing Units on the Energy Consumption of a Belt Conveyor

Department of Machinery Engineering and Transport, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, AGH University of Science and Technology, 30-059 Cracow, Poland
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 437; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010437
Received: 18 November 2020 / Revised: 22 December 2020 / Accepted: 30 December 2020 / Published: 5 January 2021
This publication presents the results of laboratory tests of idler rolling resistance under operational loads. Operational loads are understood as radial and axial forces acting on the idler, with values corresponding to those that occur in the conditions of its operation in copper ore mines. Knowing the rolling resistance is important not only at the stage of conveyor design, selection of the drive power or calculations of the necessary belt strength, but also when improving and searching for new idler design solutions. The idlers adopted for this research were differentiated in terms of bearings and idler axial clearance. The investigations were carried out on a unique test stand designed and built by the authors. The construction of the stand enables simulating operational loads while measuring the rolling resistance. The test rig measures idler bearing losses and rolling drag, not belt indentation rolling resistance. The object of the research were ø133×465 idlers, which are most commonly used in the raw materials industry. The results show the possibility of reducing the belt conveyor energy consumption by appropriate selection of the design features of the idler bearing unit. View Full-Text
Keywords: belt conveyor; carrying idler; rolling resistance; energy consumption; energy saving solutions belt conveyor; carrying idler; rolling resistance; energy consumption; energy saving solutions
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Kulinowski, P.; Kasza, P.; Zarzycki, J. Influence of Design Parameters of Idler Bearing Units on the Energy Consumption of a Belt Conveyor. Sustainability 2021, 13, 437. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010437

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Kulinowski P, Kasza P, Zarzycki J. Influence of Design Parameters of Idler Bearing Units on the Energy Consumption of a Belt Conveyor. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):437. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010437

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Kulinowski, Piotr; Kasza, Piotr; Zarzycki, Jacek. 2021. "Influence of Design Parameters of Idler Bearing Units on the Energy Consumption of a Belt Conveyor" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 437. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010437

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