For correct assessment and adjustment of the vibration equipment, first the calculation of the centrifugal force is necessary. It activates the motion of the every separate particle of the mass which has to be moved.

Is the centrifugal force too small, the particle will not move and will remain at it’s objectionable state. Is the centrifugal force too high, e.g. for compacting undesirable motions are caused besides the necessary compaction.

To determine the centrifugal force, the mass mu of the eccentric disc, the distance e from the centre of gravity the centre of motion, and the frequency of mechanical vibration fm are important factors.

External vibrator - Calculation of the Centrifugal Force
Fig. 8: Formation of working moment Mu = mu ⋅ e

Fc = mu ⋅  e  ⋅ ω2  / 1000 

ω = 2 π  ⋅ fm   

Fc  - centrifugal force in kN
mu - Mass of the eccentric disc in kg
e   - distance from the centre of gravity to the centre of motion in m
fm  - frequency of mechanical vibration of the free vibrating vibrator in l/s
ω - angular velocity of the rotating eccentric disc in l/s 

In catalogues only the minimal and maximal adjustable centrifugal force at synchronous speed as reference values are given because calculating is easier with this values. The synchronous speed of a three-phase asynchronous motor is calculated out of the electrical operating frequency and the number of pole pairs.

Motor Rotation Speed

ns = 60 ⋅ fel / p

ns - synchronous speed in l/min
p  - number of pole pairs
fel - electrical operating frequency

When loaded, the speed of the asynchronous motor is reduced by slip rate and results in operating speed.

N =ns ⋅ (1-σ)

n - operating speed (mechanical frequency) in l/min
σ - slip

In case of slightly smaller operating speed the Fc will be reduced by a factor (1-σ)2.

The fact, that the three-phase asynchronous motor at load in comparison to idle speed decreases only slightly (by slip), is a decisive advantage. In practice the mass of the eccentric weights is unknown, known are mass m, which has to be set to vibration, and the acceleration a. For the different areas of application there are multiple experience values available. Therefore Fc (kN) is determined according the equation.

Calculation of the Centrifugal Force in Practice

Fc = m ⋅ a / 1000

m - the sum of the masses, which has to be set into vibration, in kg:

  • the mass of the vibrator mR
  • the mass of the vibration equipment mT
  • 10-15% of the mass which has to be compacted ms

m = mR + mT + ms

a - acceleration in m/s2 

In addition a characteristic value for rigidity and the resonance behaviour of the vibration equipment have to be considered.

The centrifugal force Fcsets the entire equipment, including the mass to be vibrated, to vibration. The vibration width s (double amplitude) at the equipment must not be too high; otherwise the vibration equipment can be damaged. Should measuring of the vibration amplitude not be possible, it has to be calculated. The acceleration a is either already known or has to be taken from table 4.

External vibrator - Relationship of Centrifugal Force, the Amplitude, and Vibration Speed
Fig. 9: Vibration width [double amplitude] at a vibrating equipment during one motor revolution

Calculation of the Amplitude

s = a / 5,483 ⋅ nT2 

s – Vibration width (double amplitude) in mm
a – scceleration in m/s2
nT = n/1000; n:vibration speed in 1/min

Influence of the Revolutions per Minute on the Centrifugal Force

Since frequency converters often are used to change the speed of the vibrator, it is important to know how the change of speed influences the double amplitude s and the centrifugal force.

Formula 1 shows that under the same conditions the centrifugal force changes quadratically to the speed. That means that for instance halving the revolution would result in quartering the centrifugal force. Contrary the centrifugal force is quadrupled when the speed is doubled. However, the height of the double amplitude s does not change.

External vibrator - Relationship of Centrifugal Force, the Amplitude, and Vibration Speed
Fig. 10: Relationship of centrifugal force, the amplitude and vibration speed

The double amplitude s results out of the relations

s/2 ⋅ m = mu  e

MU = mue

s = (2 ⋅ Mu) / m ⋅ 10

Mu – eccentric torque; 2 ⋅ Mu = working moment MA in kgcm
m – sum of all moving masses in kg