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Title: Laterally bendable belt conveyor

Abstract

An endless, laterally flexible and bendable belt conveyor particularly adapted for coal mining applications in facilitating the transport of the extracted coal up- or downslope and around corners in a continuous manner is disclosed. The conveying means includes a flat rubber belt reinforced along the middle portion thereof along which the major portion of the belt tension is directed so as to cause rotation of the tubular shaped belt when trammed around lateral turns thus preventing excessive belt bulging distortion between adjacent belt supports which would inhibit belt transport. Pretension induced into the fabric reinforced flat rubber belt by conventional belt take-up means supports the load conveyed when the belt conveyor is making lateral turns. The carrying and return portions of the belt are supported and formed into a tubular shape by a plurality of shapers positioned along its length. Each shaper is supported from above by a monorail and includes clusters of idler rollers which support the belt. Additional cluster rollers in each shaper permit the belt supporting roller clusters to rotate in response to the belt's operating tension imposed upon the cluster rollers by induced lateral belt friction forces. The freely rotating roller clusters thus permit the beltmore » to twist on lateral curves without damage to itself while precluding escape of the conveyed material by effectively enclosing it in the tube-shaped, inner belt transport length.« less

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Coraopolis, PA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
865496
Patent Number(s):
4526272
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) OSTI
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
laterally; bendable; belt; conveyor; endless; flexible; particularly; adapted; coal; mining; applications; facilitating; transport; extracted; up-; downslope; corners; continuous; manner; disclosed; conveying; means; flat; rubber; reinforced; middle; portion; major; tension; directed; rotation; tubular; shaped; trammed; lateral; preventing; excessive; bulging; distortion; adjacent; supports; inhibit; pretension; induced; fabric; conventional; take-up; load; conveyed; carrying; return; portions; supported; formed; shape; plurality; shapers; positioned; length; shaper; monorail; clusters; idler; rollers; support; additional; cluster; permit; supporting; roller; rotate; response; operating; imposed; friction; forces; freely; rotating; twist; curves; damage; precluding; escape; material; effectively; enclosing; tube-shaped; inner; tubular shape; continuous manner; belt conveyor; preventing excessive; particularly adapted; major portion; middle portion; mining applications; laterally flexible; extracted coal; bendable belt; /198/

Citation Formats

Peterson, William J. Laterally bendable belt conveyor. United States: N. p., 1985. Web.
Peterson, William J. Laterally bendable belt conveyor. United States.
Peterson, William J. Tue . "Laterally bendable belt conveyor". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/865496.
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title = {Laterally bendable belt conveyor},
author = {Peterson, William J.},
abstractNote = {An endless, laterally flexible and bendable belt conveyor particularly adapted for coal mining applications in facilitating the transport of the extracted coal up- or downslope and around corners in a continuous manner is disclosed. The conveying means includes a flat rubber belt reinforced along the middle portion thereof along which the major portion of the belt tension is directed so as to cause rotation of the tubular shaped belt when trammed around lateral turns thus preventing excessive belt bulging distortion between adjacent belt supports which would inhibit belt transport. Pretension induced into the fabric reinforced flat rubber belt by conventional belt take-up means supports the load conveyed when the belt conveyor is making lateral turns. The carrying and return portions of the belt are supported and formed into a tubular shape by a plurality of shapers positioned along its length. Each shaper is supported from above by a monorail and includes clusters of idler rollers which support the belt. Additional cluster rollers in each shaper permit the belt supporting roller clusters to rotate in response to the belt's operating tension imposed upon the cluster rollers by induced lateral belt friction forces. The freely rotating roller clusters thus permit the belt to twist on lateral curves without damage to itself while precluding escape of the conveyed material by effectively enclosing it in the tube-shaped, inner belt transport length.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1985},
month = {1}
}

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