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POWER TRANSMISSION BELT TECHNICAL BULLETIN (IP-3-17) Approved: 2006 1400 K Street, N.W. / Washington, D.C.
POWER TRANSMISSION BELT TECHNICAL BULLETIN (IP-3-17) Approved: 2006 1400 K Street, N.W. / Washington, D.C.

POWER TRANSMISSION BELT TECHNICAL BULLETIN (IP-3-17)

Approved: 2006

1400 K Street, N.W. / Washington, D.C. 20005 / Tel. (202) 682-4800 / Fax (202) 682-4854 / www.rma.org

POWER TRANSMISSION BELTS -- STANDARD SYMBOLS

Introduction

The following symbols have been established for use in power transmission belt standards, technical bulletins, and Technical Committee documents. The symbols reflect domestic practice in existing

standards or standards under development for V-belts, V-ribbed, and synchronous belts. In the case

of synchronous belts, the symbols also reflect ISO wherever possible (reference ISO 5296).

The information included in this bulletin was formerly presented in RMA/Document No. 5, 1992.

The symbols in this document are listed alphabetically.

RMA Power Transmission Belt Standard Symbols

SYMBOL

DESCRIPTION

A Angle, Twist or Non-Alignment of Drives

AL

AL

e

p

Length, Arc, Effective

Length, Arc, Pitch

2a Diameter Differential, Effective to Pitch

2a p

Diameter Differential, Outside to Pitch

2av Diameter Variation, Pitch

b Width, Keyway

b

b

b

b

d

e

Width, Top of Belt, Nominal

Width, Groove, Datum

Width, Groove, Effective

b

f

Width, Inside Flanges of Synchronous Pulley, Minimum

UNITS

Inch-Pound

Metric

degree (º)

degree (º)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

SYMBOL

b f

b

b

b

g

go

r

DESCRIPTION

Width, Face of Synchronous Pulley, Unflanged, Minimum

Width, Top of V-Groove also variable speed grooves (Flanges in Closed Position)

Width, Top of Variable Speed Groove (Flanges in Open Position)

Width, Bottom of Synchronous Rack Form

C Center Distance, Between Pulleys or Sheaves

CL Clearance, Between Bottom of Belt and Groove

C

D

D

D

D

m

d

p

e

F

Clearance, Between Flanks of Synchronous Belt and Measuring Pulley

Diameter, Larger Pulley or Sheave, Datum

Diameter, Larger Pulley or Sheave, Pitch

Diameter, Larger Pulley or Sheave, Effective

Diameter, Fixed Pitch Sheave, Pitch

DN Pulley or Sheave, DriveN

DN

1

Pulley or Sheave, DriveN, First

DN 2 (etc.) Pulley or Sheave, DriveN, Second, Etc.

DR Pulley or Sheave, DriveR

D

D

vp

o

d B

Diameter, Variable Pitch Sheave, Pitch

Diameter, Larger Pulley or Sheave, Outside

Diameter, Ball or Rod, Groove Measuring

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UNITS

Inch-Pound

Metric

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

SYMBOL

d

d

d

d

d

e

o

p

DESCRIPTION

Diameter, Smaller Pulley or Sheave, Datum

Diameter, Smaller Pulley or Sheave, Effective

Diameter, Smaller Pulley or Sheave, Outside

Diameter, Smaller Pulley or Sheave, Pitch

e Offset, Quarter-Turn Drive

F Width, Face of Pulley or Sheave

F

F

F

a

b

f

Width, Overall Face Width of Adjustable Pulley or Sheave

Width, Band of Belts

Width, Overall Face Width of Fixed Pitch Pulley or Sheave

g Angle, Belt Entry into Sheave Groove

h

h

b

bb

2h

d

2h

h

g

e

h

gv

h

h

r

s

Thickness, Belt, Nominal

Thickness, Joined V-Belt, Nominal

Diameter Differential, Datum (Nomenclature) to Outside

Diameter Differential, Effective to Outside

Depth, V-Groove

Depth, Top of V-Groove to Hub (Variable Speed Movable Flange Sheaves)

Depth, Tooth of Synchronous Rack Form

Thickness, Synchronous Belt, Overall

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UNITS

Inch-Pound

Metric

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

degree (º)

degree (º)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

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SYMBOL

h

h

sd

t

K f

K L

K M

K SR

K Y

K S

K Z

K θ

L

L

L

d

e

i

L

o

L

L

p

s

N

b

DESCRIPTION

UNITS

Inch-Pound

Metric

Thickness, Double Sided Synchronous Belt Overall

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Height, Synchronous Belt Tooth

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Factor, Length-Flex Correction

Factor, Belt Length Correction

Factor, Static Tension

Factor, Speed Ratio

Factor, Deflection Force

Factor, Service

Factor, Teeth in Mesh of Synchronous Belt

Factor, Arc of Contact Correction

Length, Datum

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Length, Effective

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Length, Inside

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Length, Outside

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Length, Pitch

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Length, Span

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Belts, Number on Drive

N

g

Grooves, Number in Pulley or Sheave

n Pulley or Sheave, Number on Drive

P Power, Required

horsepower (hp) kilowatt kW

SYMBOL

P b

P d

P r

p

Q

Q

Q

q

R

R

R

R

r

d

r

a

B

p

r a

r b

r r

r t

r 1

r 2

S

DESCRIPTION

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UNITS

 

Inch-Pound

Metric

Pitch, Synchronous Belt and Pulley

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Power, Design

horsepower (hp) kilowatt kW

Power, Uncorrected Rating Per Belt

horsepower (hp)

kilowatt kW

Force, Belt Deflection

pound force (lbf)

newton (N)

Torque,

Required

pound-inch (lb-in)

newton-meter (Nm)

Torque,

Design

pound-inch (lb-in)

newton-meter (Nm)

Torque, Uncorrected Rating per Belt

pound-inch (lb-in)

newton-meter (Nm)

Deflection, For Measuring Belt Tension

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Ratio, Tension

Surface Finish Roughness Height (Arithmetic Avg.)

micro-inch (μin)

micrometers (μm)

Ride, Position of Ball or Rod in V-Groove

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Ride, Position of Belt in Pulley

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Rotational Frequency, Faster Shaft

rpm/1000

rpm/1000

Radius, Bottom Corner Synchronous Belt

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Radius, Bottom Corner, Pulley or Sheave Groove

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Radius, Top Corner, Synchronous Belt

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Radius, Top Corner, Pulley or Sheave Groove

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Radius, Bottom Corner, Synchronous Rack Form

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Radius, Top Corner, Synchronous Rack Form

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Speed, Belt

fpm/1000

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SYMBOL

S e

S g

T

T

T

T

B

c

e

s

DESCRIPTION

UNITS

 

Inch-Pound

Metric

Spacing, Edge of V-Grooves

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

Spacing, Between V-Groove

Tension, Bending

Tension, Centrifugal

Tension, Effective Pull

Tension, Slack Side

horsepower (hp) kilowatt kW

pound force (lbf) newton (N)

pound force (lbf) newton (N)

pound force (lbf) newton (N)

pound force (lbf) newton (N)

T

T

T

T

r

st

Tension, Tight Side

Tension, Allowable Tight Side

Tension, Static (Belt Installation)

TIR Total Indicator Reading (for measuring eccentricity or wobble of pulley or sheave)

t 2

Depth, Keyway

V Speed, Belt

V r

W s

Z 1

Speed, Rim

Mass, Pulley or Sheave

Grooves, Number in Small Synchronous Pulley

β Angle, Between Synchronous Tooth Flank and Center Line Through Tooth for Both Rack Form & Belt Tooth

α Angle, Between Groove Sidewalls of Pulley or Sheave

θ Angle, Arc of Belt Contact With Pulley or Sheave

pound force (lbf) newton (N)

pound force (lbf)

newton (N)

pound force (lbf)

newton (N)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

inch (in/”)

millimeter (mm)

feet per minute

meters per

(fpm)

second (m/sec)

feet per minute

meters per

(fpm)

second (m/sec)

pound lb

kilogram kg

degree (º)

degree (º)

degree (º)

degree (º)

degree (º)

degree (º)