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Connection pin through driven spindle

  1. Oct 22, 2012 #1
    I work in valve manufacturing business, I have posted some questions on designs of pins before. Here is one I would like verified.

    In a 400mm pinch valve I have the driving spindle fastened to the top pinch bar through a M36x4 thread. To secure the thread a drilled a hole and fitted a smaller pin through the spindle to secure it in place on the pinch bar. I want to calculate whether the spindle will still be adequate to transfer the neccesary torque and force requirements with the hole weakening it and whether the spindle will hold without the help of the threads.

    Known data:
    The valve is rated for 10 bar working pressure; it will be operating at 3.45 bar line pressure.

    At 3.45 bar the required thrust to close the valve is specified as 111.2 kN.

    Pin material: BS 970 PART 4 GR 420 S37. It is assumed that the following properties apply to the material:
    Minimum ultimate tensile strength: Sut = 695 MPa
    Tensile yield strength: Syt = 435 MPa
    Shear ultimate strength: Sus = 0.7x695 MPa = 486 MPa
    Shear yield strength: Sys = 0.577x435 MPa = 251 MPa

    Thread driven spindle: M44x7 Trapezoidal thread (Handwheel thread)
    Pin diameter: 10 mm
    Spindle to pinch bar thread diameter: M36x4 mm

    First we need to calculate the amount of torque required to close the valve at 3.45 bar.

    Trapezoidal thread: M44x7
    Nominal diameter: d_m = 40.5 mm
    Thread friction coefficient: u_t = 0.15
    Lead: L = 7mm
    Thread angle: ϕ = 15°
    Torque formula:
    T=F d_m/2000×(((L⁄(πd_m )+μ_t⁄cos⁡ϕ ))⁄((1-(μ_t.(L⁄(πd_m )))⁄cos⁡ϕ ) ))
    tan⁡α=L⁄(πd_m )

    T=478 N.m
    Add 20% safety factor
    T=478 ×1.2
    T=583 N.m

    Pinned male thread (Spindle to pinch bar connection)
    Thread: M36x4
    Pin diameter: d = 10 mm
    Pitch diameter: Dp = 33.4 mm
    We will use the maximum distortion energy theory:

    Stresses in pin (double shear):
    Shear stress in pin:
    With the force being
    V=T⁄((Dp⁄1000) )
    V=583⁄((33.4⁄1000) )
    V=17454 N
    τ_pin=222.23 MPa

    This gives a Safety factor for the pin of:

    SF=1.13 without shear yielding taking place assuming that all the forces will be working on the pin and not the threads of the spindle ( Hence this is a worst case scenario SF)

    Stresses in spindle: Shear and tensile:
    As a result of the pinhole, the spindle is substantially weakened.

    Shear stresses:
    Polar moment of inertia for shaft
    J_spindle=122204 mm^4

    Polar moment of inertia of square
    J_square=33838.6 mm^4
    Final polar moment of inertia
    J_total=88365.4 mm^4

    Resultant torsional shear stress on shaft:
    τ_torsional=110.2 MPa

    Tensile stresses:
    Tensile stress area

    A_t=π⁄4 (D-0.938194p)^2
    A_t=π⁄4 (36-0.938194(4))^2
    A_t=816.72 mm^2

    Stress area of thread as reduced by the pin:
    A_thread=738.46 mm^2
    Tensile stress
    σ_tensile=-150.59 MPa

    Combined stresses on thread:
    σx = -150.59 MPa and τxy=110.2 MPa

    From the maximum distortion energy theory and Mohr’s Circle we have

    τ_(max⁡_in_plane)=√((((-150.59))⁄2)^2+〖(110.2)〗^2 )
    τ_(max⁡_in_plane)=153.23 MPa
    And principal stresses

    σ_max=(((-150.59))⁄2)+√((((-150.59)⁄2)^2+(110.2)^2 )
    σ_1=77.94 MPa

    σ_min=(((-150.59))⁄2)-√((((-150.59)⁄2)^2+(110.2)^2 )
    σ_min=-228.53 MPa

    Hence with the material properties in mind we get the following safety factors
    Shear safety factor:
    〖SF〗_ys=1.6 against yield

    〖SF〗_ys=3.2 against rupture

    Tension safety factor:
    〖SF〗_ys=5.6 against yield

    〖SF〗_ys=6.2 against rupture

    Compression safety factor:
    〖SF〗_ys=1.9 against yield

    〖SF〗_ys=2.1 against rupture

    From these calcs I think the connection is adequate to transfer the torque with a safety factor in access of 1.6...

    This is a lot of equations but thanks for your time to look them over for me, very important job, and seeing that I am only in my second year after graduating I think it is essential to get some help on this, haha, thanks
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