Column Strength: Ball Screw Jacks

Column strength is the ability of the lift shaft to hold compressive loads without buckling. With longer screw lengths, column strength may be substantially lower than nominal jack capacity.

If the lift shaft is in tension only, the screw jack travel is limited by the available screw material or by the critical speed of the screw. For critical speed limitations, contact Nook Engineering. If there is any possibility for the lift shaft to go into compression, the application should be sized for sufficient column strength.

The chart below is used to determine the required jack size in applications where the lift shaft is loaded in compression.

To Use This Chart:

Find a point at which the maximum length "L" intersects the maximum load. Be sure the jack selected is above and to the right of that point.

CAUTION: Chart does not include a design factor.

The chart assumes proper jack alignment with no bending loads on the screw. Effects from side loading are not included in this chart. Jacks operating horizontally with long lift shafts can experience bending from the weight of the screw. Consult Nook Industries if side thrust is anticipated, operating horizontally, or maximum raise is greater than 30 times the screw diameter.

Available Lift Screw Lengths

As a major manufacturer of industrial lead screws, Nook Industries stocks a wide selection of ball screws. Nook Industries has the capacity to make long ball screws for special applications. Rotating screw jacks can be built with a larger diameter lift screw for greater column strength, or a different lead to change the jack operating speed.

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