The development of a light weight composite conveyor belt idler roller

Janse van Rensburg, Barnard (2013) The development of a light weight composite conveyor belt idler roller. [USQ Project]


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High incidence of injuries caused by the manual handling of heavy idler rollers is a major concern for the Australian mining industry. Consequently, major mining industry stakeholders called for the development of light weight idler rollers. As a result this project was designed to develop a light weight idler roller using pultruded continuous glass fibre, vinyl ester composite circular hollow section.

Current literature on the subject highlighted the need for non-ferrous light weight idler rollers but offers no real solution. A rigorous test regime, including physical static and dynamic testing in conjunction with finite element analysis, was used to analyse a designed light weight composite prototype idler roller.

The main empirical finding of the project was the possibility of producing shaftless lightweight composite idler rollers for use in the mining industry. The conceptual shaftless composite rollers are estimated to be 40-60% lighter than traditional steel rollers. The light weight of the concept idler roller, combined with the possibility of manufacturing idler rollers that are dimensionally suitable for mining, addressed the concerns of the Australian mining industry and answered the call to develop a light weight conveyor belt idler roller.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Snook, Chris
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 03:56
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 05:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: lightweight; composite conveyor belt; idler roller development
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091404 Mineral Processing/Beneficiation
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4019 Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy > 401904 Mineral processing/beneficiation
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401706 Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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