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Speed estimation and control in a belt-driven system for a web production process. Part 1: system modelling and validation

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Paul Acarnley


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This paper develops a detailed mathematical model of a casting drum drive in a web production process. The drive uses a flat belt to connect the casting drum itself to a drive and a brake pulley. The model includes mechanical effects, such as creep and slip between the belt and pulleys, and its parameters are obtained by a combination of calculations and experimental tests. Experimental results from a laboratory-scale model of a commercial casting drum system are used to validate the model under steady-state and transient conditions. A companion paper describes the model's application in new controller strategies, which significantly reduce drum speed variations caused by web tension changes.

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Author(s): Makin E, Acarnley P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part E-Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering

Year: 2004

Volume: 218

Issue: 1

Pages: 15-24

ISSN (print): 0954-4089

ISSN (electronic): 2041-3009

Publisher: Professional Engineering Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1243/095440804322860609


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