## Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
Last time we determined the value for one of the key variables in the Euler-Eytelwein Formula known as the angle of wrap. To do so we worked with the relationship between the two tensions present in our example pulley-belt assembly, *T*_{1 }and *T*_{2}. Today we’ll use physics to solve for *T*_{2} and arrive at *the* *Mechanical Power Formula,* which enables us to compute the amount of *power *present in our *pulley and belt assembly*, a common engineering task.
To start things off let’s reintroduce the equation which defines the relationship between our two tensions, the Euler-Eytelwein Formula, with the value for *e, *Euler’s Number, and its accompanying coefficients, as determined from our last blog,
*T*_{1} = 2.38T_{2 } (1)
Before we can calculate *T*_{1 }we must calculate *T*_{2}. But before we can do that we need to discuss the concept of *power.*
__The Mechanical Power Formula in Pulley and Belt Assemblies__
Generally speaking, power, *P*, is equal to work, *W*, performed per unit of time, *t*, and can be defined mathematically as,
*P = W ÷** t* (2)
Now let’s make equation (2) specific to our situation by converting terms into those which apply to *a pulley and belt assembly*. As we discussed in a past blog, work is equal to force, *F*, applied over a distance, *d*. Looking at things that way equation (2) becomes,
*P = F ×** d ÷** t* (3)
In equation (3) distance divided by time, or “*d ÷** t*,” equals velocity, *V*. Velocity is the distance traveled in a given time period, and this fact is directly applicable to our example, which happens to be measured in units of feet per second. Using these facts equation (3) becomes,
*P = F ×** V* (4)
Equation (4) contains variables that will enable us to determine the amount of *mechanical power*, *P*, being transmitted in our *pulley and belt assembly*.
The force, *F*, is what does the work of transmitting *mechanical power* from the driving pulley, pulley 2, to the passive driven pulley, pulley1. The belt portion passing through pulley 1 is loose but then tightens as it moves through pulley 2. The force, *F,* is the difference between the belt’s tight side tension, *T*_{1}, and loose side tension, *T*_{2}. Which brings us to our next equation, put in terms of these two tensions,
*P = *(*T*_{1} – T_{2}) ×* V * (5)
Equation (5) is known as the *Mechanical Power Formula** ***in** *pulley and belt assemblies*.
The variable *V*, is the velocity of the belt as it moves across the face of pulley 2, and it’s computed by yet another formula. We’ll pick up with that issue next time.
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
Last week we saw how *friction coefficients *as used in *the Euler-Eyelewein Formula,* can be highly specific to a *specialized application,* U.S. Navy ship capstans. In fact, many diverse industries benefit from aspects of the Euler-Eytelwein Formula. Today we’ll introduce *another* engineering *application* *of the* *Formula, *exploring its use within the irrigation system of a hydroponics plant.
__Another Specialized Application of the Euler-Eyelewein Formula__
Pumps conveying water are an indispensable part of a hydroponics plant. In the schematic shown here they are portrayed by the symbol ⊗.
In our simplified scenario to be presented next week, these pumps are powered by a mechanical power transmission system, each consisting of two pulleys and a belt. One pulley is connected to a water pump, the other pulley to a gasoline engine. A belts runs between the pulleys to deliver mechanical power from the engine to the pump.
The width of the belts is a key component in an efficiently running hydroponics plant. We’ll see how and why that’s so next time.
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Tags: belt, belt width, coefficient of friction, engineering, Euler-Etytelwein Formula, gasoline engine, hydroponics, mechanical power transmission, power, pulley, pump

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Sunday, June 4th, 2017
We’ve been talking about pulleys for awhile now, and last week we introduced the term friction coefficient, numerical values derived during testing which quantify the amount of *friction* present when different materials interact. *Friction coefficients* for common materials are routinely presented in engineering texts like *Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers*. But there are circumstances when more specificity is required, such as when the U.S. *Navy*, more specifically the Navy Material Command, tested the interaction between various synthetic ropes and ship *capstans* and *developed* their own *specialized friction coefficients* in the process.
__Navy Capstans and the Development of Specialized Friction Coefficients__
*Capstans* are similar to pulleys but have one key difference, they’re made so rope can be wound around them multiple times. When the *Navy *set out to determine which synthetic rope worked best with their *capstans,* they did testing and *developed highly specialized friction coefficients* in the process. This research was at one time Top Secret but has now been declassified. To read more about it, follow this link to the actual handbook:
https://archive.org/stream/DTIC_ADA036718#page/n0/mode/2up
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Last time we introduced some of the variables in *the Euler-Eytelwein Formula,* an equation used to examine the amount of friction present in pulley-belt assemblies. Today we’ll explore its two tension-denoting variables, *T*_{1 }and* T*_{2}.
Here again is *the Euler-Eytelwin Formula,*where, *T*_{1 }and * T*_{2} are belt tensions on either side of a pulley,
*T*_{1} = T_{2} × *e*^{(μ}^{θ)}
*T*_{1} is known as the *tight side tension* of the assembly because, as its name implies, the side of the belt containing this tension is tight, and that is so due to its role in transmitting mechanical power between the driving and driven pulleys. *T*_{2} is the *loose side tension* because on its side of the pulley no mechanical power is transmitted, therefore it’s slack–it’s just going along for the ride between the driving and driven pulleys.
Due to these different roles, the tension in *T*_{1} is greater than it is in *T*_{2}.
__The Two T’s of the Euler-Eytelwein Formula__
In the illustration above, tension forces *T*_{1 }and* T*_{2} are shown moving in the same direction, because the force that keeps the belt taught around the pulley moves outward and away from the center of the pulley.
According to the *Euler-Eytelwein Formula*, *T*_{1} is equal to a combination of factors: tension *T*_{2 }; the friction that exists between the belt and pulley, denoted as *μ*; and how much of the belt is in contact with the pulley, namely *θ*.
We’ll get into those remaining variables next time.
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Tags: belt, belt tension, driven pulley, driving pulley, engineering, Euler-Eytelwein Formula, mechanical power transmission, pulley

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Friday, May 5th, 2017
Last time we introduced the Pulley Speed Ratio Formula, a *Formula* which assumes a certain amount of friction in a pulley-belt assembly in order to work. Today we’ll introduce another *Formula,* one which oversees how friction comes into play between belts and pulleys, the *Euler-Eytelwein Formula*. It’s a *Formula *developed by two pioneers of engineering introduced in an earlier blog, *Leonhard Euler* and *Johann Albert Eytelwein*.
Here again is the Pulley Speed Ratio Formula,
*D*_{1} × *N*_{1} = D_{2} × *N*_{2}
where, *D*_{1} is the diameter of the driving pulley and *D*_{2} the diameter of the driven pulley. The pulleys’ rotational speeds are represented by *N*_{1} and *N*_{2}.
This equation works when it operates under the assumption that friction between the belt and pulleys is, like Goldilock’s preferred bed, “just so.” Meaning, friction present is high enough so the belt doesn’t slip, yet loose enough so as not to bring the performance of a rotating piece of machinery to a grinding halt.
Ideally, you want no slippage between belt and pulleys, but the only way for that to happen is if you have perfect friction between their surfaces—something that will never happen because there’s always some degree of slippage. So how do we design a pulley-belt system to maximize friction and minimize slip?
Before we get into that, we must first gain an understanding of how friction comes into play between belts and pulleys. To do so we’ll use the famous *Euler-Eytelwein Formula, *shown here,
**A First Look at the Euler-Eytelwein Formula**
where, *T*_{1 }and* T*_{2} are belt tensions on either side of a pulley.
We’ll continue our exploration of the *Euler-Eytelwein Formula* next time when we discuss the significance of its two sources of tension.
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Tags: belt, belt slippage, belt tension, drive belt, engineering, Euler-Eytelwein Formula, friction, mechanical power transmission, pulley, pulley belt system

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Friday, April 21st, 2017
Last time we saw how pulley diameter governs speed in engineering scenarios which make use of a belt and pulley system. Today we’ll see how this phenomenon is defined mathematically through *application* of the** ***Pulley Speed Ratio Formula*, which enables precise pulley diameters to be calculated to achieve specific rotational speeds. Today we’ll apply this *Formula* to a scenario involving a building’s ventilating system.
The *Pulley Speed Ratio Formula* is,
*D*_{1} × *N*_{1} = D_{2} × *N*_{2} (1)
where, *D*_{1} is the diameter of the driving pulley and *D*_{2} the diameter of the driven pulley.
__A Pulley Speed Ratio Formula Application__
The pulleys’ rotational speeds are represented by *N*_{1} and *N*_{2}, and are measured in revolutions per minute (*RPM*).
Now, let’s apply Equation (1) to an example in which a blower must deliver a specific air flow to a building’s ventilating system. This is accomplished by manipulating the ratios between the driven pulley’s diameter, *D*_{2}, with respect to the driving pulley’s diameter, *D*_{1}. If you’ll recall from our discussion last time, when both the driving and driven pulleys have the same diameter, the entire assembly moves at the same speed, and this would be bad for our scenario.
An electric motor and blower impeller moving at the same speed is problematic because electric motors are designed to spin at much faster speeds than typical blower impellers in order to produce desired air flow. If their pulleys’ diameters were the same size, it would result in an improperly working ventilating system in which air passes through the furnace heat exchanger and air conditioner cooling coils far too quickly to do an efficient job of heating or cooling.
To bear this out, let’s suppose we have an electric motor turning at a fixed speed of 3600 *RPM* and a belt-driven blower with an impeller that must turn at 1500 *RPM* to deliver the required air flow according to the blower manufacturer’s data sheet. The motor shaft is fitted with a pulley 3 inches in diameter. What pulley diameter do we need for the blower to turn at the manufacturer’s required 1500 *RPM*?
In this example known variables are *D*_{1} = 3 *inches*, *N*_{1} = 3600 *RPM*, and *N*_{2} = 1500 *RPM*. The diameter *D*_{2} is unknown. Inserting the known values into equation (1), we can solve for *D*_{2},
(3 *inches*) × (3600 *RPM*) *=* *D*_{2} × (1500 *RPM*) (2)
Simplified, this becomes,
*D*_{2} *=* 7.2 inches (3)
Next time we’ll see how friction affects our scenario.
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Soon after the first *pulleys* were used with belts to transmit mechanical power, engineers such as Leonhard Euler and Johann Albert Eytelwein discovered that the *diameter* of the *pulleys* used *determined* the *speed* at which they rotated. This allowed for a greater diversity in mechanical applications. We’ll set up an examination of this phenomenon today.
Last time we introduced this basic mechanical power transmission system consisting of a driving pulley, a driven pulley, and a belt, which we’ll call Situation A.
__A Driven Pulley’s Larger Diameter Determines a Slower Speed__
In this situation, the rotating machinery’s driven *pulley diameter *is larger than the electric motor’s driving *pulley diameter*. The result is the driven *pulley* turns at a slower speed than the driving *pulley.*
Now let’s say we need to *speed *the rotating machinery up so it produces more widgets per hour. In that case we’d make the driven *pulley* smaller, as shown in Situation B.
__A Driven Pulley’s Smaller Diameter Determines a Faster Speed__
With the smaller *diameter *driven *pulley*, the rotating machinery will operate faster than it did in Situation A.
Next week we’ll introduce the *Pulley Speed Ratio Formula*, which mathematically defines this phenomenon.
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Friday, March 31st, 2017
Last time we introduced two historical legends in the field of engineering who pioneered the science of mechanical power transmission using belts and *pulleys*, Leonhard Euler and Johann Albert Eytelwein. Today we’ll build a foundation for understanding their famous *Euler-Eytelwein Formula *through our example of a simple mechanical power transmission system consisting of two pulleys and a belt, and in so doing demonstrate *the difference between driven and driving pulleys*.
Our example of a basic mechanical power transmission system consists of two *pulleys *connected by a drive belt. The *driving pulley* is attached to a source of mechanical power, for example, the shaft of an electric motor. The *driven pulley*, which is attached to the shaft of a piece of rotating machinery, receives the mechanical power from the electric motor so the machinery can perform its function.
**The Difference Between Driven and Driving Pulleys **
Next time we’ll see how *driven pulleys* can be made to spin at different speeds from the *driving pulley,* enabling different modes of operation in mechanical devices.
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Monday, March 20th, 2017
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and today’s look at an influential historical figure in engineering bears that out. Last week we introduced Leonhard Euler and touched on his influence to the science of pulleys. Today we’ll introduce his contemporary and partner in science, *Johann Albert Eytelwein*, a German mathematician and visionary, a true *engineering trailblazer* whose contributions to the blossoming discipline of engineering led to later studies with pulleys.
__Johann Albert Eytelwein, Engineering Trailblazer__
*Johann Albert Eytelwein’s* experience as a civil *engineer* in charge of the dikes of former Prussia led him to develop a series of practical mathematical problems that would enable his subordinates to operate more effectively within their government positions. He was a *trailblazer* in the field of applied mechanics and their application to physical structures, such as the dikes he oversaw, and later to machinery. He was instrumental in the founding of Germany’s first university level *engineering* school in 1799, the Berlin Bauakademie, and served as director there while lecturing on many developing *engineering* disciplines of the time, including machine design and hydraulics. He went on to publish in 1801 one of the most influential *engineering* books of his time, entitled *Handbuch der Mechanik* (Handbook of the Mechanic), a seminal work which combined what had previously been mere *engineering *theory into a means of practical application.
Later, in 1808, *Eytelwein* expanded upon this work with his *Handbuch der Statik fester Koerper* (Handbook of Statics of Fixed Bodies), which expanded upon the work of Euler. In it he discusses friction and the use of pulleys in mechanical design. It’s within this book that the famous Euler-*Eytelwein* Formula first appears, a formula *Eytelwein* derived in conjunction with Euler. The formula delves into the usage of belts with pulleys and examines the tension interplay between them.
More on this fundamental foundation to the discipline of *engineering* next time, with a specific focus on pulleys.
Copyright 2017 – Philip J. O’Keefe, PE
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Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Last time we ended our blog series on *pulleys* and their application within engineering as aids to lifting. Today we’ll embark on a new focus series, *pulleys *used in mechanical devices. We begin with some *history**,* a peek at Swiss scientist and mathematician *Leonhard Euler,* *a historical figure* credited to be perhaps the greatest mathematician of the 18^{th} Century.
__Leonhard Euler, a Historical Figure in Pulleys__
*Euler* is so important to math, he actually has two numbers named after him. One is known simply as *Euler’s* Number, 2.7182, most often notated as *e*, the other *Euler’s* Constant, 0.57721, notated *γ*, which is a Greek symbol called gamma. In fact, he developed most math notations still in use today, including the infamous function notation, *f(x)*, which no student of elementary algebra can escape becoming intimately familiar with.
*Euler *authored his first theoretical essays on the science and mathematics of *pulleys* after experimenting with combining them with belts in order to transmit mechanical power. His theoretical work became the foundation of the formal science of designing pulley and belt drive systems. And together with German engineer Johann Albert Eytelwein, *Euler *is credited with a key formula regarding pulley-belt drives, the Euler-Eytelwein Formula, still in use today, and which we’ll be talking about in depth later in this blog series.
We’ll talk more about Eytelwein, another important historical figure who worked with *pulleys,* next time.
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