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Belt and Pulley Drives: Types of Belt in Belt Drives

len Alfred Ajibola - Tue, 03rd March, 2020 @ 13:07: PM

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Academic Questions in Basic Technology

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Which of the following is not a type of maintenance?

  • A. Fixated

  • B. Overhaul

  • C. Predictive

  • D. Reinforcement

  • E. Periodic

  • F. Corrective

Which of the following is incorrect concerning preventive maintenance?

  • A. It is considered to be the best form of maintenance

  • B. Immunization is a form of preventive maintenance

  • C. Worn out parts may be discovered when preventive maintenance is carried out

  • D. Preventive maintenance is defined as the repairs carried out on an equipment or object after a correct prediction of an impending fault

  • E. A person who services his car monthly practices preventive maintenance (even though the car functions properly)

  • F. The main goal of preventive maintenance is to stop a device from breaking down suddenly

The following statements are true concerning wood except _____.

  • A. It is an inorganic material

  • B. It is a structural tissue

  • C. It is composed mainly of cellulose

  • D. Hardwood and Softwood are types of wood

  • E. It constitutes the stems and branches of trees

  • F. It is porous and fibrous

Which of the following is not a characteristic of hardwood?

  • A. They are more fire resistant in comparison to softwood

  • B. Their stem are divided into trunks called dendritic form

  • C. Birch, Teak and Alder are examples of hardwood

  • D. They always have a higher density than softwood of the same mass

  • E. They are suitable for making deckings in buildings

  • F. Most hardwood are expensive than softwood

The outermost covering of a wood is called the _____.

  • A. Wood skin

  • D. Heartwood

  • C. Cortex

  • D. Cambium

  • E. Sclerenchyma

  • F. Bark

The followings are characteristics of ceramics except _____.

  • A. They readily undergo oxidation

  • B. They have high melting point

  • C. They are durable

  • D. Most are insulators but graphite is a conductor of electricity

  • E. Most are non-magnetic

  • F. They have great tensile strength but graphite is soft

Which of the following statement is false of ceramics?

  • A. They are not metals

  • B. They are not plastics

  • C. Ceramics can be absolutely defined by its products characteristics

  • D. Ceramic materials are not organic in nature

  • E. Ceramics are refractory in nature

  • F. Ceramics materials are usually made from clay

Which of the following is not a function of thin continuous line in Technical drawing?

  • A. Used for representing projection lines
  • B. Used as construction lines
  • C. Used for representing visible outline and edges
  • D. Used for representing leader lines
  • E. Used as intersection lines
  • F. Used as measurement lines

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Belt and Pulley Drives:

The belt drives are frictional drives that transmit mechanical energy on a dry surface from one shaft to another in a pulley-like system. An instance of a belt drive is shown in the image below.
Belt Drive - Len Academy

For the belt drive to work properly, both sides of the shaft must be dry and separated by some distance.

Please read on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Belt Drives here.

Note: Either shafts (also referred to as the pulleys) on which the belt drives are attached do not necessarily need to rotate at the same speed; neither must they be of the same size.

You can read on Chain Drives here.

The tension between both sides of the belt will depend heavily on the angle of contact. To this end, the tight side of the belt drive is always below while the slack (or loose) side stays above. They are shown in the image below.
Slack and Tight sides in a Belt Drive - Len Academy

You can read on Angles here.

The area of belt having a lesser tension (less tightly stretched) is generally referred to as the slack side while that having a higher tension (more tightly stretched) is termed the tight side. You can think of tension as the level of tightness at which something is stretched.

Please read on the Concepts of Force and Motion here.

In belt drives, mechanical power is usually transmitted from the driving pulley to the driven pulley via a rotational motion. Since belt drives are used in conjunction with pulleys; some of the mechanisms or machines that utilizes belt drives include:


Types of Belt in Belt Drives

The belts used in machines utilizing the belt drive system can be of the following types:
Belt Types in Belt Drive - Len Academy


  1. Flat Belts: These belts are somewhat rectangular in shape; and they bring about rotational movement over long distances; and with a very low noise. The flat belts have an efficiency of about 98%.
    Please read on Motion and Speed here.

  2. Vee Belts: They are used with grooved pulleys and can allow for high speed and rotation. They are relatively common because of their low cost and numerous size ranges.
    You can Attempt Len Academy Basic Technology Questions for JSS2, Second Term here.

  3. Circular Belts: These belts are circular in shape. They can also be used with the grooved pulleys.

  4. Cylindrical Belts: These belts are looped and flat. They are often used in milling machines.

Note: Materials used in making the various kinds of belt drives include rubber, plastic, fabric, leather and other synthetic materials.

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Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated

Lighter was invented before matches

Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner was credited with the invention of lighter in 1826 while the actual match was made 3 years later

Volkswagen group of companies own some of the top cars of the world. These are Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini and Porsche


NOTABLE POINTS IN Basic Technology

Preventive maintenance is carried out routinely on a device even though no apparent fault may be present on such device.

The goal of preventive maintenance as the name suggest is to prevent a sudden breakdown on a device or equipment.

As an instance, a person who services his or her car monthly even though the car is still able to function correctly is said to be carrying out preventive maintenance on the car.

In the course of a preventive maintenance, worn out parts may be discovered and replaced as soon as possible. Also, there may be a change of oil while other little adjustments may also be carried out.

We can even carry out preventive maintenance on our body to prevent certain diseases. For this reason, some persons have discovered cancerous cells in their body through regular medical checkup; and were able to kill such cells before they become malignant.

As a matter of fact; immunization is a form of preventive maintenance.

Please read more on Immunization here.

Please read more on maintenance and types of maintenance here

Hardwood - Len Academy

Hardwoods are derived from angiosperms. They show the following characteristics:

  1. They usually have a higher density than softwood. Balsa is an exception.

  2. They are usually more expensive than softwood.

  3. They grow at a slower rate than softwood.

  4. Hardwood trees shed their leaves in certain times of the year.

  5. Hardwood are more fire resistant than softwood.

  6. The leaves of hardwood trees are evergreen.

  7. They are used for making quality furniture (in terms of strength). They are also suitable for decking in buildings.

  8. Hardwood trees always have divided trunks which are sometimes referred to as a dendritic form.

  9. In terms of price, hardwood are usually more expensive than softwood.

Examples of hardwood include iroko, ash, beech, alder, teak, birch, mahogany, maple, oak, balsa and walnut.

Please read more on hardwood vs softwood here

Ceramics are refractory. They also require a very high amount of heat and subsquent cooling to be formed.

Being refractory means that they are capable of withstanding a variety of abuses like high temperatures and chemical attacks.

Ceramics are generally made by taking clay from the ground and mixing it with water. It is then shaped into any form and fired inside an oven (called kiln) at a very high temperature. They may then be decorated with a waterproof, paint-like substances called glazes.

Please read more on ceramics here

Ceramics may have constrasting physical and chemical properties (or characteristics); but in general,

  1. They have high melting points.

  2. They are heat resistant.

  3. They can be very hard with great strength; although a few are brittle or soft; for example, graphite.

  4. They are durable (last for a long time).

  5. Most are electrical insulators (cannot conduct electricity) but; graphite is an electrical conductor.

  6. They are chemically unreactive or inert.

  7. They are not easily oxidized.

  8. Most are non-magnetic.