Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 48-53
Effects of Rotating Shaft Misalignment on Bearing Life and Lubricant Failure
Anthony Simons, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Henry Otoo, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Solomon Nunoo, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Ernest Ababio, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Cyrus Addy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Received: Apr. 22, 2020;       Accepted: Jun. 30, 2020;       Published: Aug. 18, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajmme.20200403.12      View  41      Downloads  41
Abstract
This study looks at plant and machinery at West African Mills Company Limited (WAMCO), with the view to identify sections within the factories with high cost of maintenance and provide a solution to reduce operating costs. Records of breakdowns at various sections of the plant were analysed and the first stage milling section at WAMCO II was found to have the highest cost of maintenance. On average, the breakdown of each of the three SCS4 grinding mills is about 14 times in a year. Furthermore, 27 bearings and 1.625 buckets of grease are used on the grinding mills alone costing an average of €10,000.00 annually on their maintenance. Some experiments were performed to ascertain how the rotating shaft misalignment occurs and the consequent change in parameters such as temperature, viscosity, power, and vibration. Bearing temperature readings at various misaligned shaft positions gave some indication of the criticality and likelihood of machine breakdowns. It was observed from the correlation analysis that there exist a strong positive relationship between the number of bearings, bucket of grease and man-hours used during breakdown and repairs. It was recommended that modern devices for monitoring be acquired and proper condition monitoring of the plant made to minimize the plant breakdowns and save money. Also, proper selection of bearing type for the mills should be looked at.
Keywords
Rotating Shaft, Maintenance, Misalignment, Bearing, Lubricant
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Anthony Simons, Henry Otoo, Solomon Nunoo, Ernest Ababio, Cyrus Addy, Effects of Rotating Shaft Misalignment on Bearing Life and Lubricant Failure, American Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2020, pp. 48-53. doi: 10.11648/j.ajmme.20200403.12
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