The driveshaft transmits power from the output shaft of the motor to the input shaft of the Geareducer. Because the driveshaft operates within the tower, it must be highly corrosion resistant. Turning at full motor speed, it must be well balanced—and capable of being re-balanced. Transmitting full motor power over significant distances, it must accept tremendous torque without deformation. Subjected to long term cyclical operation, and occasional human error, it must be capable of accepting some degree of misalignment.
Marley’s standard driveshafts are described as “floating” shafts, equipped with flexible couplings at both ends. Shafts are fabricated of tubular stainless steel or carbon fiber. The yokes and flanges which connect to the motor and geareducer shafts are HDG steel or stainless steel.
It is very important that driveshafts be properly balanced. Imbalance not only causes tower vibration, but also induces higher loads and excessive wear on the mechanical equipment coupled to the shaft. Most cooling tower driveshafts operate at speeds approaching 1800 rpm. At these speeds, it is necessary that the shafts be dynamically balanced to reduce vibrational forces to a minimum.
SPX COOLING Parts
Genuine Marley OEM parts are precision-engineered to provide you with a reliable product. While other suppliers may offer parts at an initial savings, you risk lowering performance — and losing FM and CTI ratings. Marley OEM parts provide the durability you can trust because we design and manufacture them exclusively for cooling towers.
With plant operation relying on your cooling tower performance, it’s important to select the parts that are among the highest quality available — Marley OEM parts.