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The ABAQUS/Explicit simulation to predict tracking consists of several steps. First, find the belt shape, as it is stretched around the rollers. Second, apply tensioning device forces and roller misalignments. Finally, initiate belt rotation, transient and steady state.
The dynamic interaction between these parts is simulated using ABAQUS/Explicit. With the model, it is possible to predict the kinematics of the impact mechanism, including torque spike characteristics and driving speed. Key characteristics of the model have been validated by tests.
This "paradigm shift" includes a move from a predominance of physical testing for product prototype validation to simulation-led problem solving and performance validation, using Computer Aided Engineering, and Design (CAE and CAD) tools.
Today 3D CAD models are driving the world's product development processes. Finite Element Analysis, Rapid Prototyping, NC programming, Data Exchange, and other downstream applications rely to a growing extent on the direct use of CAD models to streamline processes saving time and money.