Palabora Project – World Record

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Palabora Project World Record Design included mechanical design, dynamic analysis, pulley FEA, curved chute design, control system, instrumentation, and commisioning. Worlds strongest belt at the time.

Year Built: 1989
Location: South Africa
Conveyor Length: 2,875 m
Power: 14,100 kW
Tonnage: 7,200 tph
Belt Strength:  ST-6600 N/mm
Belt Speed:  4.1 m/s
Material Conveyed: Copper Ore
Interesting features:
–   Worlds strongest belt at the time
–   Low speed holdbacks on two drive pulleys use CDI designed holdback load share device to share load to +/- 10%.
–   Determined shell fatal flaw in pulley design prior to manufacturing using FEA. 
–   In 1993, CDI provided novel curved chute design which protects against premature belt wear.


World Record Project

Palabora Project – World Record was last modified: May 5th, 2016 by CDI