The rolamite is a precision roller-band mechanism which was recently developed. The looseness of the rolamite geometry is a function of the band tension. The tight geometry and the slightly loose (small-deflection) geometry may be described by simple equations. Typical digital computer results are presented for the interroller clearance in the very loose (large-deflection) geometry. The rolamite may be made to generate forces if the band flexural rigidity is varied, or if it is precurved. An energy method is used to derive a general form of the force equation.
Rolamite-Geometry and Force Analysis
R. V. Cadman
Sandia Corporation, Albuquerque, N. Mex.
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Cadman, R. V. (February 1, 1969). "Rolamite-Geometry and Force Analysis." ASME. J. Eng. Ind. February 1969; 91(1): 186–191. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3591512
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