V Belt

  • The V-belt, also known as the serpentine belt, is usually located at the front of the engine. It is a single belt that drives multiple components, such as the alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning compressor.
  • The unique trapezoidal shape of the V-belt helps it fit tightly and snugly into the grooves of a sheave, giving it additional surface contact and increased stability
  • When there is belt tension, vertical forces perpendicular to the top of a V-belt push its walls against the grooves of the sheave. As the forces increase, the belt wedges tightly into the sheave grooves, which increases the friction between the surfaces of the belt and the sheave walls.
  • A V-belt is made of several components, including a base rubber compound, tensile members, and a protective cover. The base rubber compound forms the bulk of the V-belt and acts as a shock absorber during operations