Mind A-Mazes 2018

is a pulley a wheel and axel?

by on Sep.25, 2018, under Uncategorized


The construction of a “pulley” and a “wheel and axle” can be similar or even same. But in the simple machines classification their purposes differ:

  • Pulley is used to change the direction of a rope or a chain. The actual rotation of the pulley wheel is a side effect.
  • Wheel and axle are used to amplify rotational force. The force can be provided through a rope wrapped around the wheel, but the change of direction is a side effect.

For example, a chain sprocket is an example of wheel and axle, while a chain idler would be an example of a pulle

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