Fit is defined as the degree of freedom of tightness between the mating parts in an assembly process, it is also defined as the relationship between the hole and the shaft during the Assembly is called Fit. In this article, we are going to discuss different types of Fits in a detailed way.
The various parameters that can be included are Maximum Interference, Minimum Interference, Maximum Clearance, minimum clearance, etc.
The 3 types of fits are as follows...
Go through this article till the end, so that you can understand different types of fits briefly.
Fit obtaining parts are either movable or fixed joints.
Example of a fit are, Shaft and Bearing assembly.
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The shaft running in a bearing can move in relation to it and thus forms a movable joint.
Pulley mounted on the shaft forms a fixed joint.
In this article, I will be defining all these parameters with respect to the hole and shaft assembly. Each Fit in this article is represented by a condition that needs to be satisfied and extreme cases are shown with respect to the assembly.
The dimensions of the hole and shaft are such that always clearance or gap is existing between hole and shaft called Clearance fit.
The condition of this type of fit is Hole size must be greater than Shaft size.
As Hole size is greater than Shaft size, it is called as Clearance Fit.
It is used in all the mating assemblies.
Maximum clearance is also called as worst-case clearance in the clearance fit.
Maximum Clearance = Higher limit of the hole - Lower limit of the shaft = Difference between minimum material limits.
Minimum Clearance= Lower limit of the hole - Higher limit of the shaft= Difference between maximum material limits.
The most commonly used fits of the clearance type are.
Slide fit has a very small clearance between two mating parts i.e. almost to zero
By this, we can say that the sliding fit is too closed to a transitions fit.
An example of a Slide fit is the tailstock spindle in a lathe machine.
At moderate speeds, the running fit is employed in engineering for rotation of components. The clearance provides the required space for couplings.
For Example, couplings, Gears, etc.
As the name implies, it provides a small clearance between the shaft and hole.
It is applicable for slow regular motion and non-regular motions
For Example, Piston.
As the name implies, Loose Running fits have the largest clearance and employed for rotation at high speeds of the components.
For Example, Plummer block, Idler Pulleys, etc.
Dimensions of hole and shaft are such that without the interference of external agency the Assembly of hole and shaft is not possible.
The condition will be the shaft size must be greater than the Hole size.
According to the Transition Fit, in all the 4 cases interference is required. Let's look at the Interference fit.
It is used in non-mating assemblies like bearing bushes fitted into the bearing housing, key fitted into the keyway, etc.
Maximum Interference = Higher limit of the shaft - Lower limit of the hole= Difference between maximum material limits.
Minimum Interference= Lower limit of the shaft - Higher limit of the hole= Difference between minimum material limits.
The power transmission capacity of interference fit is defined based on minimum interference only.
Interference Fit is further Classified into the following types.
The explanation for the types of Interference fits are as follows.
The force fits are employed for mating parts.
Example of a Force fit include Forging machine and the gears on the shaft of a concrete mixer.
Tight fits provide less interference than force fits.
Example of a Tight fit include Cylindrical grinding machine, stepped pulleys of a conveyor.
There is negative allowance in Shrink fit and more amount of force is required for assembling the parts.
This is the explanation on Types of Interference Fits. Let's look at Transition Fit in a detailed way.
The dimensions of hole and shaft are such that sometimes the Clearance fit and sometimes the Interference fit is produced called Transition fit.
According to the latest definition, if one of the components is lying in between higher and lower limits of the Other component produces transition fit.
According to the above cases, the Transition fit sometimes produces Clearance Fit and Sometimes it is producing Interference Fit.
The transition fit is classified into two types:
The explanation on Types of Transition Fits is as follows.
In machines, where the parts can be replaced without any difficulty, there wringing fit is used.
Example of Wringing Fit include gears of machine tools.
It is charecterized by its clearance. An example of Push-fit is Gear Slip bushing.
It is used for producing non-mating assemblies like fit between Piston and Piston rings of IC engine, coupling, and coupling rings, etc.
Problem: For a Shaft designated as 40 H8/f7, Calculate the tolerances?
As the basic size of 40 mm is lying in the diameter range of 30 to 50 mm, therefore,
The geometric mean diameter,
D = Square root of (50 x 30) = 38.73 mm
As we know,
Standard Tolerance Unit (i) = 0.45 x Cube root of (D) + 0.001 D= 0.45 × 3.38 + 0.03873 = 1.559 73 or 1.56 microns= 1.56 × 0.001 = 0.001 56 mm (1 micron = 0.001 mm)
The standard tolerance for the hole of grade 8 (IT8)= 25 i= 25 × 0.001 56 = 0.039 mm
The standard tolerance for the shaft of grade 7 (IT7)= 16 i= 16 × 0.001 56 = 0.025 mm
This is the complete explanation of all the 3 types of fits which are proved by the conditions and Extreme cases.
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Fit is defined as the degree of freedom of tightness between the mating parts in an assembly process
There are 3 types of fits. And those are Clearance fit, Transition fit, and Interference fit.