Design aspects of pipe belt conveyors

Maria E. Zamiralova

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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This dissertation investigates how to design a pipe belt conveyor system in a more effective way, considering two aspects: to ensure conveyor belt has sufficient bending stiffness to form an enclosed pipe shape without a contact loss with the idler rolls; and to reduce energy consumption of the system from the indentation rolling resistance.
A conveyor belt bending stiffness is quantified from the toughability test. To detect an appearance of a contact loss with the idler rolls, contact forces are determined using three approaches: experimental testing; a newly introduced analytical approach, constructed based on the Displacement Method of Superposition with Maxwell-Mohr Integrals, and using FEM analysis. To determine the indentation rolling resistance, a 3D Maxwell model is used with multiple Maxwell parameters and Winkler foundation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Lodewijks, Gabriel, Supervisor
Award date5 Jul 2017
Print ISBNs978-94-6233-670-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • pipe belt conveyor
  • belt design
  • bending stiffness
  • contact forces
  • FEM analyses
  • Troughability test
  • contact loss
  • indentation rolling resistance


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