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Ball and Screw Inerter

Ball and Screw Inerter

Ball and Screw Inerter

Hello everyone,

I am trying to manufacture a Ball and Screw Inerter for my research.
can some one help me on how to attach the ball nut to thrust bearing.
So that it should not move, when the screw rotates.

Thanks in Advance

RE: Ball and Screw Inerter

What the hell is an 'inerter' ?

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Ball and Screw Inerter

Well, I'll be dipped in ... er, used food. Again.

Thanks, Greg.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Ball and Screw Inerter

Okay, Karthik, with my newfound knowledge I can conjecture what an inerter built around a ballscrew might look like:

It might comprise a ballscrew assembly with the ball nut attached firmly to a heavy mass, which is free to rotate inside a shell, and free to rotate relative to the shell, thanks to a sturdy thrust bearing which transfers axial loads to a bulkhead within the shell.

The shell and one end of the ballscrew are coupled to two objects that move relative to each other, so that the ballscrew translates in and out of the shell, just like the rod of a shock absorber, and the ball screw is prevented from rotating by its attachment to the external mechanism, and the shell is similarly coupled to the external structure and prevented from rotating.

I.e., the ballscrew is used in reverse from the the usual situation, where instead of the nut rotating and driving the screw, the screw translates linearly and drives the nut in rotation.

... but you seem to be talking about a different arrangement, where the screw rotates as part of its primary function.
Do you have a drawing of the mechanism about which you are speaking?

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Ball and Screw Inerter

Hi Mike,

I will attach the ball but to a fly wheel.

So when nut rotates, fly wheel will also rotate.

ball screw can be used in two types

1) when screws rotates, nut will have linear motion
2) when screw translates, nut will rotate.

I thought of using the second one here,

The problem is how will i attach the Nut to a Fly-Wheel.

- Fly wheel

- Ball screw Mechanism

How to fasten these both, please help me.

This is not my drawing, these are used to visualize.


RE: Ball and Screw Inerter

Rather than trying to adapt a spoked pulley, go to your steel service center, and have them flame cut a disc from ~2" plate, bore a central hole to fit the ballnut shank, and drill and tap a pattern of holes to fit the ballnut flange.

I don't think it's going to work in quite the way you are imagining it, unless I have misunderstood your intent.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Ball and Screw Inerter


I am manufacturing a miniature one.

It will be about 3-4 inches in length and 1-1.5in in diamater.

I though of 3D printing a fly wheel and i will attach the nut to the hub.

The problem is the nut is of very less thickness.

So how would i attach that to fly wheel hub?

RE: Ball and Screw Inerter

I hope you are buying a commercial ballscrew assembly.
The nut will probably have some kind of flange with multiple through holes for bolts.
Make your flywheel from a piece of steel plate.
Actually, for 1.5" diameter, it could be sliced from a ~2" steel bar by any competent machine shop, in less time and for less money than a 3D printed anything will cost you.

This would probably be a good time to start work on a proper assembly drawing of what you propose to build. That should help us both understand what the other is talking about, and allow my friends here to also comment.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Ball and Screw Inerter

Even i thought the same.

I will try to attach the fly wheel to the flange of the nut using bolts.

No worries of 3D printing, as my lab has 2 3D printers.

IRstuff - only then it would be an inerter, i will try to make it work.

RE: Ball and Screw Inerter

Quote (IRStuff)

Your 2) won't work because friction is too high and mechanical leverage is too low.

A ball screw sized such that back drive torque is higher than friction torque will behave as described (will impart rotation in the nut when the shaft is translated if the nut is free to rotate) with varying levels of efficiency depending on the Tbc and Tf ratio.

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