EF-4.3 – Kinematics – Drive Systems


EF-4.3 – Kinematics – Drive Systems

The EF-4.3 – Kinematics – Drive Systems experiments kit introduces students to various types of belt, chain, and shaft drive systems.


The Engineering Fundamentals range enables students to gain an understanding of the principles of engineering by the process of learning via experimentation.

The EF-4.3 – Drive Systems experiments kit introduces students to various types of belt, chain, and shaft drive systems.

Belt and chain drive experiments are included to demonstrate the characteristics of different belt and chain systems with multiple velocity ratios. The efficiency can be calculated for varying loads for both the different velocity ratios and the different belt and chain systems allowing comparisons between the different systems to be observed. Experiments are also included to demonstrate the effect of belt tension and the effect of pulley lap.

Experiments in universal couplings define how they should be set up to ensure that the rotational velocity from the input is seen at the output. The angle of each universal joint and the orientation relative to each other will be tested to see which setup will give uniform angular transmission.

Engineering fundamentals system

The modular tray-based system is supplied in conjunction with a multifunctional work panel enabling the student to conduct their own experiments in subjects such as statics, dynamics, mechanisms and kinematics.

Each kit is supplied with a highly visual user-friendly operational guide, allowing the student to understand the theory of the subject by the application of practical experimentation.

Technical Specifications

Features & Benefits


  • Neatly presented in an easily identifiable and durable storage tray
  • Trays have clear lids making it easy to see their contents
  • Pictorial tray contents list to identify missing components easily
  • Accompanied by a detailed manual with various practical exercises
  • Clear and concise assembly instructions for each experiment
  • Multiple experiments per kit
  • Toolless assembly


  • Hands-on understanding from lessons
  • Improve the student’s dexterity by self-assembly with the instructions provided


  • Power transfer, efficiency and direction in a belt drive
  • Power transfer and efficiency in a chain drive
  • Friction and angle of lap on a pulley
  • Input and output relationships of a universal coupling
  • Prevention of vibration at high speed in a universal coupling

  •  EF-BU Base Unit

Statics Experiments

  • EF-1.1 Engineering Fundamentals Force
  • EF-1.2 Engineering Fundamentals Moments
  • EF-1.3a Engineering Fundamentals Beams
  • EF-1.3b Engineering Fundamentals Trusses
  • EF-1.4 Engineering Fundamentals Springs
  • EF-1.5 Engineering Fundamentals Torsion

Dynamics Experiments

  • EF-2.1 Engineering Fundamentals Friction
  • EF-2.2 Engineering Fundamentals Simple Harmonic Motion
  • EF-2.3 Engineering Fundamentals Rotational Friction
  • EF-2.4 Engineering Fundamentals Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • EF-2.5 Engineering Fundamentals Centrifugal & Centripetal Force

Mechanisms Experiments

  • EF-3.1 Engineering Fundamentals Cam, Crank and Toggle
  • EF-3.2 Engineering Fundamentals Mechanisms
  • EF-3.3 Engineering Fundamentals Additional Mechanisms
  • EF-3.4 Engineering Fundamentals Bar Linkages


  • EF- 4.1 Engineering Fundamentals Pulleys
  • EF- 4.2 Engineering Fundamentals Gears
  • EF- 4.3 Engineering Fundamentals Drive Systems


  • EF-WS Workstation
  • EF1-Spares

  • 1 x Timing pulley assembly
  • 2 x Sprocket assembly
  • 1 x Idler pulley assembly
  • 1 x Universal joint connecting shaft
  • Universal joint fixed bearing
  • Universal joint moving bearing
  • Round belt
  • Chain belt
  • Tooth timing belt
  • 2 x 250g weights

  • EF-BU Base Unit

  • EF-BU on which to build the experiment from the tray components
  • Level and stable work surface to mount the EF-BU upon. The optional EF-WS is ideal for this if no suitable desk or bench is available.


Volume: 0.4m³ per tray

Gross Weight: 5.0kg per tray

Length: 0.430m per tray

Width: 0.312m per tray

Height: 0.160m per tray

  • EF-3.3 – Additional Mechanisms
  • EF-BU – Base Unit
  • EF-WS – Workstation (optional)

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