Standard Handbook of Chains

Standard Handbook of Chains: Chains for Power Transmission and Material Handling, Second Edition

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  • Provides a definitive, updated guide to all types of chains based on more than 100 years of research and experience
  • Discusses in detail the design, selection, utilization, and maintenance of chains
  • Includes chapters on chain lubrication, installation, and inspection and maintenance
  • Employs an easily understood approach that allows immediate implementation of the material
  • Offers consistent procedures for chain selection
  • Contains a new chapter on flat-top chain conveyors
  • Summary

    Since its founding, the American Chain Association (ACA) has set the standard of excellence in developing the chain industry and enhancing the benefit to customers. The first edition of Chains for Power Transmission and Material Handling served as the keystone reference to the field for more than twenty years. Fully updated with the latest developments, the Standard Handbook of Chains: Chains for Power Transmission and Material Handling, Second Edition continues to build upon the more than 100 years of research and practical experience developed by the ACA.

    This hands-on reference provides up-to-date guidance on the selection, design, utilization, and maintenance of various types of chains. It authoritatively covers the use of chains in various application environments, terminology, safety procedures, and the history of chains. The book features consistent selection guidelines to ensure a proper choice of chain every time. Updates include new information on chain design considerations, power ratings for roller and silent chains, and selecting drives with a life other than 15,000 hours. This edition includes an entirely new chapter on flat-top chain conveyors.

    Including many helpful illustrations and a comprehensive troubleshooting table, the Standard Handbook of Chains: Chains for Power Transmission and Material Handling, Second Edition is the definitive handbook for anyone involved in the design, selection, use, and maintenance of all types of chains.

    Table of Contents

    A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHAIN
    Early Developments
    Cog Chain
    Cast Detachable Chain
    Cast Pintle Chain
    Precision Roller Chain
    Engineering Steel Chain
    Silent Chain
    Flat-Top Chain
    Terminology
    A CHAIN OVERVIEW: USES AND ADVANTAGES
    General
    Types of Chain
    Scope of Chains Covered
    Styles and Forms of Chains
    Straight and Offset Link Chains
    Chains With and Without Rollers
    Uses of Chain
    Standard Chains and Their Uses
    The Advantages of Chains in Applications
    Advantages of Roller Chains in Drives
    Advantages of Silent Chain Drives
    Advantages of Engineering Steel Chain for Drives
    Advantages of Chains on Conveyors and Bucket Elevators
    Advantages of Using Chain in Elevator Materials Handling
    CHAIN DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS, CONSTRUCTION, AND COMPONENTS
    Basic Chain Functions
    General Chain Design Considerations
    Roller Chain Design Considerations
    Leaf Chain Design Considerations
    Silent Chain Design Considerations
    Engineering Steel Chain Design Considerations
    Flat-Top Chain Design Considerations
    Conclusion
    SPROCKETS
    Types of Sprockets
    Sprocket Tooth Forms
    Sprocket Wheel Design
    Silent Chain Sprocket Teeth
    Engineering Steel Chain Sprocket Teeth
    Flat-Top Chain Sprocket Teeth
    Sprocket Hubs, Keys and Keyways, Setscrews, and Shafting Selection
    ROLLER CHAIN DRIVES
    Typical Applications
    Scope
    General Roller Chain Drive Selection Guidelines
    Roller Chain Drive Selection Procedure
    Sample Roller Chain Drive Selection
    Equations for Horsepower Ratings
    Vibration
    Acknowledgment
    ENGINEERING STEEL CHAIN DRIVES
    Typical Applications
    Scope
    General Engineering Steel Chain Drive Selection Guidelines
    Sample Engineering Steel Chain Drive Selection
    Basis of Horsepower Ratings
    Alternate Selection Method
    SILENT CHAIN DRIVES
    General Guidelines for Silent Chain Drive Selection
    Silent Chain Drive Selection Procedure
    Sample Silent Chain Drive Selection
    Derivation of Silent Chain Power Ratings
    TENSION LINKAGE CHAINS
    Roller Chains as Tension Linkages
    Tension Linkages Using Leaf Chain
    Dimensions and Arrangements of Leaf Chain
    Tension Linkages Using Engineering Steel Chains
    Characteristics of Engineering Steel Chain Tension Linkages
    Draw Bench Applications
    Tension Linkage Chains for Dam and Lock Gates
    Other Applications
    Catenary Tension and Chain Sag
    ENGINEERING STEEL CHAIN CONVEYORS
    Types of Engineering Steel Chain Conveyors
    Engineering Steel Chain Conveyor Selection Guidelines
    Engineering Steel Conveyor Chain Selection Procedure
    ROLLER CHAIN CONVEYORS
    Types of Roller Chain Conveyors
    Roller Chain Conveyor Selection Guidelines
    Roller Conveyor Chain Selection Procedure
    Sample Roller Chain Conveyor Selection
    CHAINS FOR BUCKET ELEVATORS
    Elevators Using Engineering Steel Chains
    Take-Ups
    Design and Selection of Chain and Bucket Elevators
    Selection Steps
    Elevator Chain Selection Example
    Roller Chain Equipped Bucket Elevators
    Pivoted Bucket or Pan Conveyors
    Operation Practices
    FLAT-TOP CHAIN CONVEYORS
    Flat-Top Chain Conveyor Selection Guidelines
    Flat-Top Conveyor Chain Selection Procedure
    Sample Roller Chain Conveyor Selection
    Selection Software
    CHAIN LUBRICATION
    Purpose of Lubrication
    Lubricant Characteristics
    Lubrication of Drive Chains
    Lubrication Types for Chain Drives
    Chain Casings
    Temperature Increase in a Chain Casing
    Lubrication of Exposed Drive Chains
    Lubrication of Conveyor, Bucket Elevator, and Tension Linkage Chains
    High-Temperature Lubrication
    Conclusion
    CHAIN INSTALLATION
    Safety Precautions
    Chain Guarding
    Installation Steps
    Conclusion
    CHAIN INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
    Safety Precautions
    Inspection Program
    Inspection and Maintenance of Chain Drives
    Inspection and Maintenance of Chain Conveyors and Bucket Elevators
    Inspection and Maintenance of Tension Linkage Chains
    Replacing and Repairing Chains
    Protecting Idle Chains and Sprockets
    Conclusion
    INDEX

     
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