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Belt vs. Chain Drive Evaluation - Team 234
by: Chris Fultz
Team 234 completed a performance evaluation of belt drives and chain drives for use in FRC robots. This paper contains the results of the testing, how we defined our tests, and the test processes.
This is a formal test report of belt drive vs. chain drive for FRC robots. We compared several parameters in “side by side” testing to determine the “best” solution for FRC robot drive systems. We compared weight, performance, efficiency, noise levels and other parameters. We used some basic design of experiments processes, ccreated test plans and processes, and then completed the testing and analyzed the data.
The design, fabrication, testing, analysis and reporting were completed by Team 234, Cyber Blue, in the fall of 2008.
FIRST Robot Drive System Analysis - Team 234.pdf (1.17 MB)
This paper is a test report of work completed by Team 234 during the fall of 2008.
We compared Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive on several parameters, working with some basic Design of Experiments principles and working to make sure we would obtain objective, unbiased results from the testing.
Our object was to determine if there was a “best” drive type for FRC robots.