The Complete Guide to Chain

4.1.1 Chain Selection Factors

You must consider the following conditions:

  1. Type of application.
  2. Shock load.
  3. Source of power: motor type; rated power (kW); moment of inertia, I (kg • m2); rated torque at driving speed; starting torque; and stopping torque.
  4. Drive sprocket rpm and shaft diameter.
  5. Driven sprocket rpm and shaft diameter.
  6. Center distance between sprockets.
  7. Noise constraints.
  8. Lubrication (possible or not).