This research project, which was carried out under the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) Research Strategy Unit (RSU) contract reference 4167/R04.085, had three objectives. They were: to characterise the test gallery used in the UK for conveyor belt approvals; to identify and develop small scale laboratory tests that could be used to examine the behaviour of conveyor belts in the absence of the large scale facility; and to obtain some understanding of the importance of changes in test conditions on the performance of belts currently approved for use in coal mines. The project satisfactorily achieved these objectives. A new test method has been provided together with drawings of the apparatus needed and proposed acceptance levels.
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