# Shaft deflection calculations

Shaft deflection and the pump best efficiency point 10-8

We all know that L^{3}/D^{4 }is a convenient method of talking about shaft deflection and this number has proven to be an accurate method of predicting premature seal and bearing failure. In another section of this Technical Series I gave you the formula we use to calculate the force on the end of the shaft of a single stage centrifugal pump with an overhung impeller. This is the most popular pump being used in the process industry today. Here again is the formula we use to calculate the hydraulic force on the end of the pump shaft:

- P = The resultant force in pounds
- K = The radial thrust factor. This number comes from a chart that relates to specific speed.
- H = Total head at Q gpm. measured in feet.
- D2 = Outside diameter of the impeller measured in inches.
- B2 = Width of the impeller in inches.
- Sg. = The specific gravity of the fluid
- 2.31= The conversion from feet of head to pounds/ square inch
- Kq = A capacity factor equal to:
- Q = The capacity in gpm at which the radial thrust is to be calculated.
- Q
_{n }= The capacity in gpm at the BEP of the pump

As I have in my other papers I will be working the numbers in both the imperial and metric systems. First we will work the numbers in the imperial system and at the end of this paper we will make the same calculations in the metric system.

I will use a direct conversion to metric to show you that the conversion works. In reality we would not be using these exact numbers, but it is important to develop confidence in your ability to work in either system. Because I am working with a direct conversion I will continue to use 1750 rpm or the numbers will come out differently. I am well aware that your calculations will probably be at 1450 or 2900 rpm.

We are now going to use this formula to make an actual calculation of the shaft deflection on a typical ANSI standard pump at shut off. This is a common starting method for centrifugal pumps of this type. The following information would have been read off the pump curve that came with the pump and a radial thrust factor chart (K) that is shown in paper 1-6

- P = The resultant force (in pounds)
- K = 0.37. from the chart
- H = 184 feet.
- D2 = 13 inches.
- B2 = 1 inch.
- Q = 0 gpm at shut off.
- Qn = 300 gpm
- Speed = 1750 rpm.
- specific gravity 1.0

Putting these numbers into the formula we get:

= 383 pounds

If we add the weight of the impeller estimated to be ten pounds, the total force on the end of the shaft becomes 393 pounds.

Now that we have the total force, we will use this information to calculate how much the overhung shaft will bend. To make the calculation we will use the following bending formula:

Substituting this term into the bending formula we get:

- Y = The amount of shaft bending in inches.
- F = The total force on the shaft.
- L = The length of the shaft from the center of the radial bearing to the center of the impeller.
- E = The modulus of elasticity. The numbers for common shaft materials will vary from 28 to 30 million psi. (28 – 30 X10
^{6}) - D = The diameter of the solid shaft under the sleeve, if there is sleeve on the shaft.
- I = The moment of inertia for a solid round shaft

If we simplify the formula we would get:

Thirteen thousands of an inch bending is enough deflection to cause problems with the impeller, wear rings, mechanical seals and bearings.

- The impeller could hit the pump volute or the back plate.
- The stationary and rotating wear ring components could come into contact.
- The shaft could it the end of the stuffing box.
- The rotating part of the mechanical seal could hit the inside of the stuffing box. The rotating shaft could contact the inside diameter of the stationary seal face.
- The bearings could become overloaded.
- It could cause excessive movement of both stationary and rotating seal designs.
- Shaft fretting will be accelerated.

Here is the metric force formula:

Here are the numbers converted to metric:

- P = The resultant force in kilograms
- K = 0.37. from the chart
- H = 56.08 meters.
- D2 = 33.02 centimeters.
- B2 = 2.54 centimeters
- Q = 0 m3/hr. at shut off.
- Qn = 68 m3/hr.
- Speed = 1750 rpm.
- specific gravity 1.0

Putting these numbers into the formula we get:

If we add the weight of the impeller estimated to be 4.54 kg., the total force on the end of the shaft becomes 182.12 kg..

Now that we have the total force, we will use this information to calculate how much the overhung shaft will bend. To make the calculation we will use the following bending formula:

- Y = The amount of shaft bending in centimeters
- F = The total force on the shaft in kilograms.
- L = The length of the shaft from the center of the radial bearing to the center of the impeller in centimeters.
- E = The modulus of elasticity. The numbers for common shaft materials will vary from 1.96 to 2.1 million kilograms per square centimeter)
- D = The diameter of the solid shaft under the sleeve, if there is sleeve on the shaft in centimeters.
- I = The moment of inertia for a solid round shaft

Now lets put in the actual numbers and see how much the shaft will bend with 182.12 kilograms force on the end of it:

F = 182.12 kilograms

L = 22.86 centimeters

D = 3.75 centimeters.

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- On February 18, 2018