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 Posted by: smd79 ® 09/22/2004, 09:45:11 Author Profile Mail author Edit hi, a simple question on a concept which has me kinda confused. what does the torque represent when given in a motor spec? i know what toque is, force*distance but where is this being applied? is it the torque on  the shaft as it rotates? if so then given rotational speed and diameter  how would i calcuate this? also, if there is a sprocket on this shaft which drives a conveyor, is the torque applied to the conveyor the same or does the diameter of the sprocket change this value? any input is greatly appreciated, thankyou Shawn.

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 Re: Motor Torque? Re: Motor Torque? -- smd79 Post Reply Top of thread Forum
 Posted by: daves ® 09/22/2004, 21:20:08 Author Profile Mail author Edit In this case assume torque is a constant. Imagine the motor is turning a sprocket that has a chain hanging over it with a bucket on the end. As usual in these discussions, neglect the weight of the chain. If the radius of the sprocket is L and the torque is K then the amount of weight the motor could lift is W = K/L. So if the radius doubles the weight that could be lifted is cut in half. However, for a given speed of rotation, doubling the radius doubles the speed it lifts with. That should be a start.