5 Different Types of Pulleys (Plus Examples in Daily Life)


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A pulley is a simple machine made up of a wheel with two raised edges.  A rope or a string runs along these raised edges without coming off.

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Complex Pulley Systems

Complex pulley systems include the block-and-tackle system, which contains two or more individual drums, with each of the drums having two or more wheels that rotate on the same axle.

Compound Pulley Systems

Compound pulley systems have both fixed and moveable pulleys, making the load feel a little lighter and enabling you to change the direction of the force.

Cone Pulleys

This is a specialized pulley system that uses both the basics of a pulley system, but still adjusting for various mechanical changes.

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