On oscillations of a vibratory jaw crusher with asymmetric interaction of the jaws with the processed medium

Grigory Panovko1 , Alexander Shokhin2 , Ilya Lyan3

1, 2, 3Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

1Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia

2Corresponding author

Vibroengineering PROCEDIA, Vol. 25, 2019, p. 83-88. https://doi.org/10.21595/vp.2019.20831
Received 26 May 2019; accepted 5 June 2019; published 25 June 2019

39th International Conference on Vibroengineering in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 25-26, 2019

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This paper is devoted to the problem of providing the required synchronous modes of oscillations of a jaw crusher with self-synchronizing inertial vibration exciters. The described mathematical model of the crusher takes into account the mechanical properties of the medium being processed and the possible asymmetry of its contact with the crusher’s working bodies – the jaws. A numerical analysis of synchronous modes of crusher vibrations with different asymmetries of the initial location of the processed medium relative to the jaws is done. It is shown that for given oscillation excitation frequencies, the non-simultaneous contact of the processed medium with the jaws can lead to a change in the types of synchronous vibrations of the jaw crusher.

Keywords: vibratory jaw crusher, oscillations, self-synchronization, unbalance exciter, processed medium influence.

1. Introduction

One of the problems of creating efficient vibratory jaw crushers with two movable jaws, which oscillations are excited by self-synchronizing inertial vibration exciters, is the provision of synchronous jaws’ antiphase oscillations [1-3]. The type of synchronization of the exciters’ rotation and the jaws’ oscillation forms have a mutual influence on each other and are determined by the mechanical parameters of the system, the processed mediums characteristics, the electric drive’s parameters of vibration exciters and their rotation frequency [3, 4]. When studying the dynamics of such crushers, it is especially difficult to take into account the interaction of the jaws with the medium being processed [2, 5, 6]. In mathematical models used in common computational practice, this interaction is usually taken into account in the form of viscous friction forces [5, 7, 8]. At the same time, factors excluded from consideration, such as non-simultaneous contact of the jaws with the processed medium, its elastic properties, as well as the vibro-impact nature of its interaction with the crusher’s jaws, can have a significant influence on the systems dynamics.

This paper is devoted to identifying the effect of non-simultaneous interaction of jaws with the processed medium, taking into account their impact contact, on the exciters’ self-synchronization and jaws’ movement.

2. Design scheme and the mathematical model of the jaw crusher

The solution of the problem is based on the analysis of the vibrating jaw crusher’s dynamics with two movable jaws that perform straight horizontal oscillations excited by two inertial vibration exciters installed on each of the jaws. The design scheme of such a crusher is shown in Fig. 1. The crusher’s body is modeled by a solid body of mass m1, elastically attached to a fixed base. The jaws are modeled by identical solids with mass m2. The jaws are attached to the crusher’s body with the identical elastic elements. It is assumed that all elastic elements have linear stiffness and damping characteristics with coefficients c0, c1 and b0, b1, respectively. On each of the jaws the same unbalance vibration exciter is fixed, driven by an asynchronous motor of limited power whereas me and r – each vibration exciter’s imbalanced mass and eccentricity, J – adduced moment of inertia of the vibration exciter’s asynchronous motor, Lj – torque of the jth vibration exciter’s electric motor (j= 1, 2) described by the static characteristic [9]. The friction in the bearings of the unbalance shafts is taken into account in the form of the moments Rj of dry friction’s forces (not shown in Fig. 1).

Between the jaws there is a processed medium modeled by a solid body m3 with two (one on the left and one on the right) identical elastic elements, with stiffness and viscosity coefficients c2 and b2, respectively, providing one-way interaction with each of the jaws. In addition, the body m3 is attached to a fixed base by a linear elastic element with stiffness and viscosity coefficients c3 and b3, respectively, which ensures that the modeled medium returns to its initial position only when there is no contact with the jaws. In this way, the inflow of a new unprocessed part of the medium through the crusher’s fixed loading window into the working space between the jaws is simulated. In the initial state, the working bodies can be installed with a gap (pre-tension) relative to the contact elements, which is given by the values δ1 and δ2.

Displacements of the bodies are described by coordinates xi (i= 1, 2, 3, 4) of their centers of mass, measured from their equilibrium position. The positions of the debalances are described by the angles of rotation φj (j= 1, 2), measured from the negative direction of the axis Ox.

Fig. 1. Design scheme

Design scheme

The equations of the system motion in a dimensionless form are:

μ1y¨1+2η(β0 +2)y˙1-2ηy˙2-2ηy˙4+2+ζ0 y1-y2-y4=0,(1+μe)y¨2-2ηy˙1+2ηy˙2-y1+y2+F23=μeρ(φ¨1sinφ1+φ˙12cosφ1),μ3y¨3-F23 +F34+F30=0,1+μey¨4-2ηy˙1+2ηy˙4-y1+y4-F34=μeρφ¨2sinφ2+φ˙22cosφ2,φ¨1=dL~1-R~1L*+y¨2sinφ1,φ¨2=dL~2-R~2L*+y¨4sinφ2,


F23=ζ2 y2-y3-δ~1+2ηβ2 y˙2-y˙3,    y2-y3-δ~1>0,   y˙2-y˙3>0, ζ2 y2-y3-δ~1,    y2-y3-δ~1>0,   y˙2-y˙30 ,0,    y2-y3-δ~10,
F34=ζ2 y3-y4-δ~2+2ηβ2y˙3-y˙4,   y3-y4-δ~2>0,   y˙3-y˙4>0, ζ2 y3-y4-δ~2,   y3-y4-δ~2>0,   y˙3-y˙40, 0,    y3-y4-δ~20,
F30=ζ3 y3+2ηβ3y˙3,    y2-y3-δ~10,   y3-y4-δ~20, 2ηβ3y˙3,   y2-y3-δ~1>0,   y3-y4-δ~2>0. 

μn=mn/m2 (n=1,3), μe=me/m2, ζ0 =c0/c1, ζ2 =c2/c1, ζ3 =c3/c1, 2η=b2T*/m2, β0 =b0/b1, β2 =b2/b1, β3 =b3/b1, yi=xi/X* – dimensionless coordinates, X*=r0, r0 – given eccentricity initial value, T*=m2/c1 – time scale:

ρ=rX*,   δ~1=δ1X*,   δ~2=δ2X*,   d=μeρJ *+μeρ 2,   J *=J m2X*2,
L*=1(c1μeρX*2),   L~j=2Mcσjsc/sj-sj/sc,   j=1,2,

where Mc and sc critical torque and slip of the asynchronous motor, σj=±1 – denotes direction of the motors’ rotation, sj=(σjω0-φ˙j)/σjω0, ω0= ωe/p – synchronous speed of rotation of the electric motor, ωe – frequency of the supply voltage, p – number of pole-pairs of the electric motor, R~j=fφ˙j2sign(φ˙j ), f – coefficient of dry friction, dots indicate differentiation by dimensionless time τ=t/T*. The presented equations system allows to analyze the crusher’s motion, taking into account the non-simultaneous impact of the jaws on the processed medium and their impact contact.

3. The results of modeling the crushers dynamics

The system oscillations were simulated numerically in Matlab using standard functions for integrating differential equations with the condition to accurately determine the time of the beginning and the end of the jaw’s contact with the processed medium.

At the first stage, the frequency ranges of synchronous exciters’ rotation and jaws’ motion were determined in the absence of the processed medium (the standard task of studying the frequency ranges of the exciters’ synchronous rotation and the crusher’s vibration modes with the aim of selecting its operating modes). For this, the frequency of the supply voltage ωe was set, which discretely increased in the range of 0.1 ≤ ωe ≤ 2.5 with a step Δωe= 0.5 and an exposure at each step during Δτ= 400 sufficient to achieve steady-state oscillations of the system (the law of change ωeτ is shown in Fig. 2). In this case, in the considered frequency range ωe, the maximum torque of the engine was considered to be a constant value. The calculations were carried out with the following system parameters: μ1= 2, μ3= 0.05, η= 0.03, ζ01= 0.1, ζ14= 1, ζ30= 0.5, β0= 1, β2= 10, β3= 1, Mc= 100, sc= 0.2, f= 0.001, d= 0.61, L*= 0.005, σ1=-1, σ2=1.

Fig. 2. Power supply frequency ωe in time τ

Power supply frequency ωe in time τ

In Fig. 3 and Fig. 4 the results of calculating the rotational velocity of the inertial exciters ωj and the mutual phase shift of the rotation Δφ between the exciters as a function of time τ are shown, respectively. The value of Δφ= 180° corresponds to the synchronous antiphase rotation of the exciter’s debalances, which causes the antiphase oscillations of its jaws required for the crusher’s normal operation. When Δφ= 0°, the debalances rotate in phase, exciting the common-mode oscillations of the crusher’s jaws. One can see from Fig. 2 and Fig. 4 that the required synchronous modes of the debalances rotation and, accordingly, oscillations of the crusher are realized in the ranges of supply voltage frequencies ωe [0.8, 1.2] and ωe [1.85, 2.5]. Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 show the relationship between the power supply frequency and the rotational velocities of the debalances. It also can be seen that in the indicated ranges of the supply voltage frequency, the debalances rotate with the same angular velocity in absolute value. When approaching the second and third resonant frequencies (ω2*= 0.976, ω3*= 1.445), the rate of change of an average rotational velocity of the debalances decreases at the same rate of change in the power supply frequency (Fig. 3). The passage through the resonance is accompanied by a jump in the rotational velocity of the debalances, as well as a change in the type of their synchronous rotation and the jaws’ oscillation form. These effects are associated with a slip in asynchronous motors and the interaction of the oscillating system with vibration exciters.

Fig. 3. The rotational speeds of debalances ωj in time τ

The rotational speeds of debalances ωj in time τ

Fig. 4. Mutual phase shift Δφ between the debalances in time τ

Mutual phase shift Δφ between the debalances in time τ

To analyze the possible influence of non-simultaneous contact of the jaws with the processed medium on the exciters’ synchronization and the jaws’ vibrations, the crusher’s oscillations were simulated with a gradual change in the initial gap δ~1 between the left jaw and the corresponding contact element of the processed medium for a given value of power supply frequency. The gap varied in the range of –0.1 ≤ δ~1 ≤ 0.4 with a step δ~1= 0.1 and an exposure at each step for Δτ= 400 (the law of change of the gap δ~1τ is shown in Fig. 5). At the same time, the initial gap between the right jaw and the right contact element of the medium did not change and, to ensure the initial contact symmetry, it was assumed to be δ~2= –0.1. The study was carried out for different frequencies of the supply voltage in the range of ωe [1.85, 2.5], in which a exciters’ synchronous antiphase rotation occurs (after the third resonance). The frequency range ωe [0.8, 1.2] between the first and second resonances was not considered, because at these frequencies the developed forces are usually not sufficient to destroy the material, and therefore it is not used in common practice.

In Fig. 6-9 graphs of the change in the mutual phase shift of Δφ between the debalances obtained at supply voltage frequencies ωe= {1.85, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4} are presented. It can be seen that at frequencies ωe= {1.85, 2.0} (see Fig. 6 and Fig. 7), the exciters’ synchronization is broken when the gap δ~1= 0.4 is reached. In this case, the mutual phase shift Δφ between the debalances does not stabilize with time. In turn, this leads to a violation of the required oscillation synchronous antiphase mode of the crusher’s jaws. When ωe= 2.2 (see Fig. 8), a synchronization violation occurs when δ~1= 0.3. When ωe= 2.4 (see Fig. 9), synchronization is violated when δ~1= 0, while the mode of antiphase oscillations of the crusher’s jaws is maintained up to δ~1= 0.2 (i.e., up to τ= 1200). Thus, with an increase in the excitation frequency, a decrease in the contact asymmetry of the processed medium with the crusher’s jaws is observed, at which a violation of the required exciters’ synchronization and, accordingly, oscillations of the jaws occurs.

Fig. 5. The change in the gap δ~1 in time τ

The change in the gap δ~1 in time τ

Fig. 6. Mutual phase shift Δφ between the unbalances at ωe= 1.85

Mutual phase shift Δφ between  the unbalances at ωe= 1.85

Fig. 7. Mutual phase shift Δφ between the unbalances at ωe= 2.0

Mutual phase shift Δφ between  the unbalances at ωe= 2.0

Fig. 8. Mutual phase shift Δφ between the unbalances at ωe= 2.2

Mutual phase shift Δφ between  the unbalances at ωe= 2.2

Fig. 9. Mutual phase shift Δφ between the unbalances at ωe= 2.4

Mutual phase shift Δφ between  the unbalances at ωe= 2.4

4. Conclusions

The simulation results presented in this paper clearly demonstrate the possibility of violation of the debalances synchronous rotation and, accordingly, oscillations of the crusher’s jaws when the contact interaction conditions with the processed medium are changed due to jaws’ non-simultaneous contact with the processed medium. It is shown that with an increase in the excitation frequency, a decrease in the contact asymmetry of the processed medium with the crusher’s jaws is observed, at which a violation of the required synchronous rotation of the unbalances and, accordingly, oscillations of the jaws occur. Such changes in the contact interaction conditions can occur directly during the crusher’s operation, and they must be taken into account when assigning its operating modes.


The reported study was funded by RFBR according to the research project No. 18-08-01491_a.


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