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Torque on the Drive Shaft of a Screw Conveyor

  1. Mar 28, 2014 #1
    My work has a drive shaft that has been breaking on a U-trough screw conveyor. I am looking for some helpful equations to find the torque on the shaft so I can accurately model and optimize the shaft in SolidWorks.
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  3. Mar 28, 2014 #2
  4. Mar 28, 2014 #3
    That, and how has it been breaking? It may be torque, but it may also be alignment, temperature issues, bearing problems, etc. Drive shafts are pretty robust, what size motor is it and what's the throughput on the conveyor? Have operating conditions changed since it's original installation?
  5. Mar 28, 2014 #4
    If the actual shaft is breaking, instead of a shear pin, then solids works at the moment is not going to solve the problem.
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