A brief history is provided of the development of engine accessory and camshaft drive belts, and future automotive belt trends are indicated. Early and current designs (flat, V-, wedge, V-ribbed, synchronous, and variable-speed) are described and illustrated, and materials evolution traced (leather, cloth, rubber, synthetic rubber compounds, rayon, and polyester). Appended are copies of the first SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standards for fan belts and pulleys (1915) and V-belts (1922), and a 1937 revision to the 1915 standard eliminating the flat belt. For the automobile of the future, the variable-speed, V-ribbed, and synchronous belts will supply the power transmission requirement. There will be an increase in the use of cord fibers that are more stable to heat such as rayon, glass, or new Aramid fibers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also published in HS-028 778 (SAE-SP-464), "Past, Present and Future of Automotive Elastomer Applications," Warrendale, Pennsylvania, 1980, p 5-10. Presented at SAE Congress and Exposition, Detroit, 25-29 February 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Groothuis, I A
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 6 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391473
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 800267, HS-028 780
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1984 12:00AM