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Wear of conveyor chains with polymer rolls

Vincent Kerremans (UGent) , Tom Rolly (UGent) , Patrick De Baets (UGent) , Jan De Pauw (UGent) , Jacob Sukumaran (UGent) and Yeczain Perez Delgado (UGent)
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Roller conveyor chains are common used to transport goods in production lines or assembly lines, such as pallets, cars or steel coils. They are sometimes used in severe environments, soiled with water, foreign particles, chemicals or other contaminants. Normal use will result in wear of the components of the chain which can lead to unexpected failure and costly production downtime. Today, few literature on the wear of conveyor chain is available and there are almost no reliable test-rigs to generate and measure chain wear in a reproducible manner. In this research the different components of conveyor chains and the loading conditions are described. Additionally, the applications and (dis)advantages of chains with polymer rollers are discussed. The chain wear mechanisms found in literature are listed. Abrasive and adhesive wear between pin, bushing, roller and track are discussed. From the contact mechanics of the chain and pressure-velocity limit of the roller materials, the design constraints for the laboratory test-rig were derived. The capabilities and working principles of the developed test-rig are explained in this paper.
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polymer rollers, test rig design, wear, conveyor chain

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Kerremans, Vincent, Tom Rolly, Patrick De Baets, Jan De Pauw, Jacob Sukumaran, and Yeczain Perez Delgado. 2011. “Wear of Conveyor Chains with Polymer Rolls.” In Sustainable Construction and Design, ed. Jeroen Van Wittenberghe, 2:378–387. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Laboratory Soete.
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Kerremans, V., Rolly, T., De Baets, P., De Pauw, J., Sukumaran, J., & Perez Delgado, Y. (2011). Wear of conveyor chains with polymer rolls. In J. Van Wittenberghe (Ed.), SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN (Vol. 2, pp. 378–387). Presented at the Sustainable Construction and Design 2011 (SCAD), Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Laboratory Soete.
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Kerremans V, Rolly T, De Baets P, De Pauw J, Sukumaran J, Perez Delgado Y. Wear of conveyor chains with polymer rolls. In: Van Wittenberghe J, editor. SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Laboratory Soete; 2011. p. 378–87.
MLA
Kerremans, Vincent, Tom Rolly, Patrick De Baets, et al. “Wear of Conveyor Chains with Polymer Rolls.” Sustainable Construction and Design. Ed. Jeroen Van Wittenberghe. Vol. 2. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Laboratory Soete, 2011. 378–387. Print.
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  abstract     = {Roller conveyor chains are common used to transport goods in production lines or assembly lines, such as pallets, cars or steel coils. They are sometimes used in severe environments, soiled with water, foreign particles, chemicals or other contaminants. Normal use will result in wear of the components of the chain which can lead to unexpected failure and costly production downtime. Today, few literature on the wear of conveyor chain is available and there are almost no reliable test-rigs to generate and measure chain wear in a reproducible manner. In this research the different components of conveyor chains and the loading conditions are described. Additionally, the applications and (dis)advantages of chains with polymer rollers are discussed. The chain wear mechanisms found in literature are listed. Abrasive and adhesive wear between pin, bushing, roller and track are discussed. From the contact mechanics of the chain and pressure-velocity limit of the roller materials, the design constraints for the laboratory test-rig were derived. The capabilities and working principles of the developed test-rig are explained in this paper.},
  author       = {Kerremans, Vincent and Rolly, Tom and De Baets, Patrick and De Pauw, Jan and Sukumaran, Jacob and Perez Delgado, Yeczain},
  booktitle    = {SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN},
  editor       = {Van Wittenberghe, Jeroen},
  isbn         = {9789490726010},
  issn         = {2032-7471},
  keyword      = {polymer rollers,test rig design,wear,conveyor chain},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent, Belgium},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {378--387},
  publisher    = {Ghent University, Laboratory Soete},
  title        = {Wear of conveyor chains with polymer rolls},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2011},
}