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Design of Shaft

Version 2 ME , IIT Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur . Lesson 1 Shaft and its design based on strength Version 2 ME .

1. Version 2 ME . Hot-rolled plain carbon steel These materials are least expensive. non-ferrous materials and non metals are used as shaft material depending on the application. torsion and axial force.3 Material for Shafts The ferrous. Spindle is simply defined as a short shaft. Other two similar forms of a shaft are axle and spindle. has a circular cross-section and is used to transmit power. The shaft may be hollow or solid.5 mm increments 25 to 50 mm 1. IIT Kharagpur . 8. scaling is always present on the surface and machining is required to make the surface smooth.1. and do not transmit any torque. Up to 25 mm 0. Since it is hot rolled.0 mm increments 50 to 100 mm 2. However.1 Shaft Shaft is a common and important machine element. in general. the students should be able to understand: Definition of shaft Standard shaft sizes Standard shaft materials Design of shaft based on strength 8.0 mm increments 8.2 Standard sizes of Shafts Typical sizes of solid shaft that are available in the market are. Design of shaft primarily involves in determining stresses at critical point in the shaft that is arising due to aforementioned loading. The shaft is supported on bearings and it rotates a set of gears or pulleys for the purpose of power transmission. design method remains the same for axle and spindle as that for a shaft. It is a rotating member. Axle is a non-rotating member used for supporting rotating wheels etc.1.0 mm increments 100 to 200 mm 5.Instructional Objectives: At the end of this lesson. Some of the common ferrous materials used for shaft are discussed below. The shaft is generally acted upon by bending moment.

However. The common types of surface hardening methods are. Hardening of surface Case hardening and carburizing Cyaniding and nitriding 8. Residual stresses are also less compared to CS(Carbon Steel). To retain the total advantage of alloying materials one requires heat treatment of the machine components after it has been manufactured. These materials are used for relatively severe service conditions. They have fewer tendencies to crack. warp or distort in heat treatment. Better yield strength is also obtained. design is carried out so that stress at any location of the shaft should not exceed the material yield stress. Nickel. However. Design based on Strength In this method. and then more attention has to be paid to make the surface of the shaft to be wear resistant. Alloy steels Alloy steel as one can understand is a mixture of various elements with the parent steel to improve certain physical properties.1. This is widely used for general purpose transmission shaft. alloy steel is expensive. In certain cases the shaft needs to be wear resistant. IIT Kharagpur . When the situation demands great strength then alloy steels are used. no consideration for shaft deflection and shaft twist is included. Amount of machining therefore is minimal. chromium and vanadium are some of the common alloying materials. Version 2 ME .4 Design considerations for shaft For the design of shaft following two methods are adopted. Design based on Stiffness Basic idea of design in such case depends on the allowable deflection and twist of the shaft.Cold-drawn plain carbon/alloy composition Since it is cold drawn it has got its inherent characteristics of smooth bright finish.

Here. IIT Kharagpur . What is a column action factor? This arises due the phenomenon of buckling of long slender members which are acted upon by axial compressive loads.1.1. This is known as column action factor.8. The stresses which may be present are as follows.1) Where.5 Design based on Strength The stress at any point on the shaft depends on the nature of load acting on it.1.0044(L / K) Version 2 ME . M : Bending moment at the point of interest do : Outer diameter of the shaft k : Ratio of inner to outer diameters of the shaft ( k = 0 for a solid shaft because inner diameter is zero ) Axial Stress 4αF σa = πd (1 − k 2 ) 2 0 (8. α is defined as. Basic stress equations : Bending stress 32M σb = πd 30 (1 − k 4 ) (8. 1 α= for L/K < 115 1 − 0.0 for tensile load) The term α has been introduced in the equation. F: Axial force (tensile or compressive) α: Column-action factor(= 1.2) Where.

IIT Kharagpur .1. 32M 4αF σx = [ ± ] πd (1 − k ) 3 0 4 πd 0 (1 − k 2 ) 2 (8. Normally.1.1.3) π2 nE ⎝ K ⎠ Where. σ yc ⎛ L ⎞ 2 α= ⎜ ⎟ for L/K > 115 (8. as in bearing K = least radius of gyration. n = 1. shear stress due to torsion is only considered in a shaft and shear stress due to load on the shaft is neglected.6 for ends partly restrained.25 for fixed end n = 1. L = shaft length σ yc = yield stress in compression Stress due to torsion 16T τ xy = πd 30 (1 − k 4 ) (8. T : Torque on the shaft τ xy : Shear stress due to torsion Combined Bending and Axial stress Both bending and axial stresses are normal stresses.0 for hinged end n = 2. hence the net normal stress is given by.4) Where.5) The net normal stress can be either positive or negative. Maximum shear stress theory Version 2 ME .

1.6 ASME design Code The shafts are normally acted upon by gradual and sudden loads.1.5 1.1. IIT Kharagpur .Design of the shaft mostly uses maximum shear stress theory. Cbm Ct For stationary shaft: Load gradually applied 1.7) is modified in ASME code by suitable load factors. ⎛σ ⎞ 2 τmax = τallowable = ⎜ x ⎟ + τ2xy (8. Therefore. the final form is.2.0 1. the shaft diameter can be calculated in terms of external loads and material properties. the equation (8.8) where.2.0 Load suddenly applied 1.6) ⎝ 2 ⎠ Substituting the values of σx and τxy in the above equation. 2 16 ⎧ αFd 0 (1 + k 2 ) ⎫ τallowable = 3 ⎨Cbm M + ⎬ + (C t T) 2 πd 0 (1 − k ) ⎩ 4 8 ⎭ (8.5 . 2 16 ⎧ αFd 0 (1 + k 2 ) ⎫ τallowable = 3 ⎨ M + ⎬ +T 2 πd 0 (1 − k 4 ) ⎩ 8 ⎭ (8. 8.0 Version 2 ME . Cbm and Ct are the bending and torsion factors. It states that a machine member fails when the maximum shear stress at a point exceeds the maximum allowable shear stress for the shaft material. the above equation is further standarised for steel shafting in terms of allowable design stress and load factors in ASME design code for shaft.1. However.7) Therefore.5 . The values of these factors are given below.0 1.0 For rotating shaft: Load gradually applied 1.1. Hence.

3.0 1.5 . Sample problem The problem is shown in the given figure. IIT Kharagpur . the magnitude of torque. (8. T = (4000 − 1000) × 200 N mm = 600 × 103 Νmm Version 2 ME .5 Load suddenly applied (heavy shock) 2.7) and (8.0 .1.8) are commonly used to determine shaft diameter. The equations.1.5 .2. ASME Code for commercial steel shafting = 55 MPa for shaft without keyway = 40 MPa for shaft with keyway ASME Code for steel purchased under definite specifications = 30% of the yield strength but not over 18% of the ultimate strength in tension for shafts without keyways. Load suddenly applied (minor shock) 1.3. A pulley drive is transmitting power to a pinion.1.0 1. Shaft has to be designed for minor to heavy shock.0 ASME code also suggests about the allowable design stress. Pulley and pinion diameters are 400mm and 200mm respectively. 1000 N Pulley Pinion Bearing 2200 N W=1000 N 6000 N 4000 N 200 400 200 m m m Solution From the given figure. which in turn is transmitting power to some other machine element. These values are to be reduced by 25% for the presence of keyways. τ allowable to be considered for steel shafting.0 .

Version 2 ME . MV: -150 Nm For horizontal plane. IIT Kharagpur . the allowable shear for commercial steel shaft may be taken as 40 MPa. MH: 580 Nm Resultant moment: 1029Nm Therefore.0 and Ct = 1. ASME code for shaft design is suitable in this case as no other specifications are provided.It is observed that the load on the shaft is acting both in horizontal and vertical planes. For the given codition of shock. In absence of any data for material property.5.850Nm Loading and Bending Moment Diagram The bending moment at C: For vertical plane.150 Nm R BV 6000N Vertical plane . where keyway is present in the shaft. let us consider Cbm = 2. corresponding bearing reactions and bending moment diagram is given below. MH: 860 Nm Resultant moment: 873 Nm The bending moment at D: For vertical plane. The loading diagram. 860 Nm Horizontal plane R AH 580Nm R BH 5000 N 2200N A C 1000N D B R AV . section-D is critical and where bending moment and torsion is 1029 Nm and 600 Nm respectively. MV: -850 Nm For horizontal plane.

Material property for steel shaft for ASME code is as follows. the value of shaft diameter is also 66mm. has a circular cross-section and is used to transmit power.5 × 600) ) 16 × 10 3 = 2 2 40 × π ∴ d o = 65. Q2. in general. we have. Version 2 ME . Questions and answers Q1. These values are to be reduced by 25% for the presence of keyways in the shaft. hot-rolled plain carbon steel. What are the common ferrous materials for a shaft? A2. What do you understand by shaft. For commercial steel shafting = 55 MPa for shaft without keyway = 40 MPa for shaft with keyway For steel purchased under definite specifications = 30% of the yield strength but not over 18% of the ultimate strength in tension for shafts without keyways.88 mm ≈ 66mm From standard size available. do3 = ( 16 × 103 τd × π ) (Cbm × 1029) 2 + (C t × 600) 2 ( (2. Shaft is a rotating member. Axle is a non-rotating member used for supporting rotating wheels etc.0 ×1029) + (1. Spindle is simply defined as a short shaft.From the ASME design code. and do not transmit any torque. How do the strength of a steel material for shafting is estimated in ASME design code for shaft? A3. cold-drawn plain carbon/alloy composition and alloy steels. axle and spindle? A1. Q3. Common materials for shaft are. IIT Kharagpur .

4. Limited. 5th Edition. Prentice Hall India Pvt. M. New Delhi. Sharma. Design of Machine Elements. Prentice Hall of India. Mechanical Engineering Design . Design of Machine Elements. 2003. Eurasia Publishing House. and Purohit Kamalesh.R Mischke . IIT Kharagpur .K.S. 6th Edition.F Spotts. 2.References 1. New Delhi. 1991. McGraw Hill Publication.S. and Gupta J. Khurmi.. R. Version 2 ME . 1989. C.E Shigley and C. Text book on Machine Design. J. 3.

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