Laboratory for Dynamics of Machines and Structures 
Dynamics of a belt-drive system using a linear complementarity problem for the belt–pulley contact description
 G. Čepon and M. Boltežar
Journal of Sound and Vibration, Volume 319, Issues 3–5, 23 January 2009, Pages 1019-1035

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Abstract
The aim of this study was to develop an efficient and realistic numerical model in order to predict the dynamic response of belt drives. The belt was modeled as a planar beam element based on an absolute nodal coordinate formulation. A viscoelastic material was adopted for the belt and the corresponding damping and stiffness matrices were determined. The belt–pulley contact was formulated as a linear complementarity problem together with a penalty method. This made it possible for us to accurately predict the contact forces, including the stick and slip zones between the belt and the pulley. The belt-drive model was verified by comparing it with the available analytical solutions. A good agreement was found. Finally, the applicability of the method was demonstrated by considering non-steady belt-drive operating conditions.
Authors

Assistant Professor

Gregor Čepon, PhD

  Ladisk, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
  gregor.cepon@fs.uni-lj.si
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Professor

Miha Boltežar, PhD

  Ladisk, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
  miha.boltezar@fs.uni-lj.si
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