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TB Wood's Form-Flex® Floating Shaft for Power Plant Induced Draft Fans
A major global industrial fan OEM needed a replacement coupling solution for an
induced draft fan drive at a large power plant. The fan maintains system pressure slightly
below atmospheric pressure on a coal-fired boiler at the facility. The existing fan drive used
an old gear coupling design which had reached the end of its useful life.
The OEM contacted TB Wood’s based on many previous successful collaborations. The
customer requested a disc coupling solution since they wanted to increase expected service
life and eliminate the need for lubrication. TB Wood’s engineers recommended switching to
a Form-Flex floating shaft coupling to mount between the drive motor and the fan.
The custom coupling was modified with limited end float features to keep the sleeve
bearing motor rotor from being damaged. The large 21.5 ft. long coupling is being used for
an operating speed of 600 RPM, but the first critical speed is much higher due to the
oversized tube diameter (24 in.) to meet the torsional requirements of the fan drive system.
The Form-Flex floating shaft has a continuous torque capacity of 1,100,000 lb.in. with a
peak torque rating of 2,400,000 lb.in. The robust coupling design features an alloy steel
motor hub with provisions for hydraulic removal, carbon steel flange adapter, welded steel
spacer, high-strength alloy steel hardware and stainless steel disc packs.
The new coupling required a shaft hub connection at the motor end and a special adapter
flange on the fan end to mate with the existing fan flange. Since this was a retrofit
application, axial adjustment shims were provided so the customer could fine tune the
coupling spacing on the job site.
- Engineered solution for a
- 21.5 ft. long coupling
with an oversized tube
diameter (24 in.) to meet
- Modified for limited
- 1,100,000 lb.in.
- 4140 alloy steel motor
hub, carbon steel fan
adapter and spacer with
stainless steel disc packs
- Special adapter
connects directly to fan