April 2018 Engineering & Equipment

The invisible conveyor belt destroyers – the effects of ozone and ultraviolet on rubber belts.


Conveyor systems are major components of the average bulk material stockyard, and it is important that they are safeguarded against damage. This article addresses how ozone and ultraviolet is dramatically shortening the working life of conveyor belts

There are an awful lot of things that damage conveyor belts. The constant abrasive action of material being loaded at speed onto the belt and then being accelerated across its surface at the discharge point; the hammering the belt surface and its carcass takes as aggressive
materials (often sharp and heavy) are being dropped onto it; the ripping and tearing that occurs when rocks or foreign objects become trapped; the softening and distortion of the rubber caused by oils and resins; the hardening and premature ageing of the rubber caused by heat. The list goes on and on…

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