Provides specialized instruction in the practices and equipment used in shaft alignment, and the end-to-end and parallel alignments of machines. Explores machine failures due to rotating shaft misalignment and vibration created from shaft center lines not being in the same plane. Covers inefficiencies and increased wear due to misalignment, shaft alignment methods, soft foot, thermal growth, rim, face, reverse dial indicator, and MPT couplings.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Introduction to shaft alignment and shaft misalignment effect of machinery.
- Solid couplings, alignment equipment, and tools.
- Flexible couplings, site preparationm and the rough alignment procedure.
- Rough alignment procedure (horizontal).
- Grid couplings, and rim and face alignment procedure (vertical).
- Rim and face alignment procedure (horizontal).
- Rubber insert couplings and reverse dial indicator alignment procedure.
- Reverse dial indicator graphing techniques.
- Chain couplings and visible laser alignment procedure.
- Thermal growth patterns in machinery and graphing techniques.
- Multi-shaft alignment procedures.
- Proper coupling selection, installation, and alignment.
Assessment and Requirements
All students will be required to complete a comprehensive final examination that assesses the learning of all course objectives. This exam will consist of two parts, the first part consisting of a written portion and the second part will be an actual shaft alignment. This exam must be weighted in a manner so that this exam score is worth a minimum of fifteen percent of the final course grade. This exam is to be a common exam administered to all sections of TAMT 200.
Calculator Use: Students are encouraged to bring a calculator to all class sessions. Any scientific calculator will be sufficient for this course.
Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.