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Dale Lusby

01-02-2011, 09:58 PM

I'm trying to cut my first internal threads and am trying to figure out how to calculate the internal bore diameter before I start. The threads are 1 1/2" x 8 tpi which is my spindle thread. Can someone give me the formula and help with the calculation?

Thanks!

danlb

01-02-2011, 10:32 PM

Ignore my post. I need to revisit the math.

Dan

J.Ramsey

01-02-2011, 10:43 PM

1 divided by pitch subtracted from the ID.

1divided by 8 = .125.

1.5 minus .125 = 1.375.

Dr Stan

01-02-2011, 11:21 PM

1 divided by pitch subtracted from the ID.

1divided by 8 = .125.

1.5 minus .125 = 1.375.

That perfect if it is for a sharp V form thread. For ANS or UN:

1 / 8 = .125

.125 X 75% = .094

1.500 - .094 = 1.406

another way is to look up the double depth of the thread on a center gage (fish tail) divide it by two and subtract it from the OD.

baldysm

01-03-2011, 12:58 AM

The "theoretical" formula for inch threads in the Machinery Handbook is:

(1.29904 x % of thread) / TPI = how much smaller the tap drill is than the diameter of the tap.

So for a 1.5" x 8 TPI thread, the tap drill is:

(1.29904 x .75) / 8 = .97428 / 8 = .1218

1.5" - .1218 = 1.378 diameter tap drill.

I use this formula every day, since I very seldom cut a thread that is standard.

PixMan

01-03-2011, 07:03 AM

That perfect if it is for a sharp V form thread. For ANS or UN:

1 / 8 = .125

.125 X 75% = .094

1.500 - .094 = 1.406

another way is to look up the double depth of the thread on a center gage (fish tail) divide it by two and subtract it from the OD.

I dunno about that way of calculating it. Seems you end up with less than 75% thread that way. I've been using the "major diameter - pitch" method for many years and find that its result is very close to published tap drill sizes for 75% (or so) threads.

moe1942

01-03-2011, 11:58 AM

Just bore to the minor diameter plus .002. Math equations are boring....

mklotz

01-03-2011, 01:23 PM

I dunno about that way of calculating it. Seems you end up with less than 75% thread that way. I've been using the "major diameter - pitch" method for many years and find that its result is very close to published tap drill sizes for 75% (or so) threads.

Subtracting the pitch is mathematically equivalent to setting:

1.29904*DOT = 1

where DOT = Depth Of Thread

in the general formula.

Solving this we have:

DOT = 1/1.29904 = 77%

so you'll always be getting a 77% DOT when subtracting just the pitch. That's OK for ordinary stuff but when tapping recalcitrant materials it's worth knowing the correct formula so you can adjust the DOT to a reasonable value.

Juergenwt

01-03-2011, 01:27 PM

Baldysm - Same as Ramsey. Maj. dia. minus pitch for 75%.

John Garner

01-03-2011, 04:07 PM

I wrote this essay on the fundamental geometry of modern screwthreads a few years back, and this looks to be a good time to repost it:

There are three different forms of screwthreads that have been in widespread use in the industrialized world in the last century or so that we should talk about here, and probably several dozen more forms that I'll tactlessly ignore. All three of these threadforms -- the Sellers (aka Franklin Institute, National, American National, and US Standard), the Unified, and the ISO Metric -- are descended from an earlier form, the "60 degree Sharp V".

The 60 degree Sharp V threadform has been obsolete since the 1800s, but it provides a good place to begin our discussion.

Let’s start by imagining a bolt with a 60 degree Sharp V thread. Now imagine that we cut that bolt lengthwise, so that the plane of the cut contains the central axis of the screwthread, and then look closely at the profile of the thread in the plane of the sectioning cut.

If we were having this discussion over a cup of coffee in the breakroom, I'd be drawing sketches to show you what I'm trying to explain. Since we aren't, though, you might want to get out a pencil and paper and try to make your own sketches while I talk.

The Sharp V screwthread profile looks like a row of equilateral triangles, each with one side resting on a straight edge with their points pushed together. All sides of these triangles are the same length, so the “points” of successive triangle away from the straight edge are separated by the length of the triangle side . . . we'll call this distance The Pitch of the screwthread.

There is another row of these little triangles on the opposite side of the sectioned bolt, offset along the length of the bolt by a half Pitch, with their not-on-straightedge points pointing in the opposite direction from the first row's not-on-straightedge points.

Following so far? Ok, now lightly draw two parallel lines, one connecting the away-from-straightedge triangle points on one side of the bolt and the other connecting the away-from-straightedge triangle points on the other side of the bolt. These two line are separated by the Major Diameter of the screwthread.

The on-straightedge sides of the two rows of triangles are separated by the Minor Diameter of the screwthread. The away-from-straightedge points of each row of triangles are off of the straightedge by the Single Depth of Thread, which is The Pitch x Cosine 30 degrees.

The Double Depth of Thread is twice the Single Depth of Thread, 2 x The Pitch x Cosine 30 degrees. The Double Depth of Thread is also the difference between the Major Diameter and Minor Diameter.

If you were going to cut this thread on a lathe using a single-point toolbit with the compound rest slewed to feed along the flank of the screwthread, and assuming that you zero the compound when the sharp point of the toolbit just touches the already-cut-to-Major-Diameter workpiece, you'd have a complete threadform when you'd fed the tool into the workpiece by a distance equal to The Pitch. After all, all three sides of each triangle are the same length.

While the geometry of the 60 degree Sharp V screwthread is nice and simple, it has practical problems. The sharp point on the toolbit breaks or wears very quickly, the sharp ridges at the Major Diameter of bolts and Minor Diameter of nuts get banged up very easily, and the sharp grooves at the Minor Diameter of the bolts are "stress risers" weakening the bolt. By the 1860s the American industrialist and machine tool builder William Sellers proposed a modified version of the earlier threadform, one with 1/8 Pitch flats at both the Major Diameter and Minor Diameter, as a new standard.

This new threadform, the Sellers threadform, was fairly well accepted, but it didn't actually become the official US Standard threadform until well into the first half of the 20th century.

So let's modify those sketches. The general spacing and angles stay the same, but the new profiles have flats instead of sharp points at the Major Diameter and same-size flats instead of sharp grooves at the Minor Diameter. Both flats need to be 1/8 Pitch long, which reduces the length of the angled flanks AS MEASURED ALONG THE AXIS OF THE SCREWTHREAD to (Pitch - 1/8 Pitch at the Minor Diamter - 1/8 Pitch at the Major Diameter) = 6/8 Pitch = 3/4 Pitch.

The length of the flank is reduced by the same ratio, and the other Pitch-dependent calculations are adjusted accordingly.

Flank length (along-flank infeed using slewed-to-feed-along-flank compound rest) for Sellers threadform = 3/4 Pitch.

Single Depth of Sellers Screwthread = 3/4 Pitch x Cosine 30 degrees.

Double Depth of Sellers Screwthread = 2 x 3/4 Pitch x Cosine 30 Degrees.

The Sellers threadform served the US's needs well enough until World War II, when the difference between the United States' and the British Standard threadforms created major logistical headaches . . . British equipment could only be repaired with British-standard hardware while US equipment could only be repaired with US-standard hardware.

Once WWII had been won, the US, Great Britain, and Canada (which, interestingly enough, had fifty years of experience struggling to supply the appropriate British Standard and US Standard hardware when and where needed) put their collective heads together to develop a single standard that all three nations would use. To "share the pain" of forsaking a traditional standard screwthread, a new threadform was developed that both the US and Britain would need to learn to use. This new threadform was called the "Unified" threadform, and it incorporates the easier-to-tool 60-degree angle with flats at the Major and Minor Diameters of the Sellers screwthread, but with different proportions.

A decade later, the fundamental geometry of the Unified threadform was incorporated into what could be considered a metric version of the Unified form intended to replace the various European national standard threadforms. Since the International Standards Organization developed and promoted the new metric standard, it was christened the ISO Metric threadform.

The major difference between the Sellers and Unified threadforms is that the length of the flat at the Minor Diameter of the Sellers threadform was doubled to 1/4 Pitch for the Unified threadform. The flat at the Major Diameter of the Unified and ISO Metric threadforms is the same as the Major Diameter flat of the Sellers threadform, 1/8 Pitch.

So, for both the Unified and ISO Metric threadform the axial length of the flanks is reduced still further to (Pitch - 1/4 Pitch at Minor Diamter - 1/8 Pitch at Major Diameter) = 5/8 Pitch.

Flank length (along-flank infeed using slewed-to-feed-along-flank compound rest) of Unified and ISO Metric threadforms = 5/8 Pitch.

Single Depth of Unified and ISO Metric threadforms = 5/8 Pitch x Cosine 30 degrees.

Double Depth of Unified and ISO Metric threadforms = 2 x 5/8 Pitch x Cosine 30 degrees.

Minor Diameter = Major Diameter - Double Depth of Thread.

Well, that's the basic geometry of these screwthreads.

As you've already pointed out, the dimensions of real hardware are properly perturbed by allowances and tolerances. External screwthreads cannot be larger than the dimensions derived from the basic geometry, and internal screwthreads cannot be smaller than the dimensions derived from the basic geometry if the external and internal screwthreads are to fit together. The along-flank infeed calculated from the basic geometry assumes that the Major Diameter of the to-be-externally-threaded workpiece is right at the basic Major Diameter AND the flat on the toolbit is the proper width (1/4 Pitch for Unified and ISO Metric threadforms, 1/8 Pitch for the Sellers threadform) . . . or that the Minor Diameter bored into the to-be-internally-threaded workpiece is right at the basic Minor Diameter AND the flat on the tip of the toolbit is the proper 1/8 Pitch width (any of the three threadforms we've talked about).

As for the charts . . . even though the Unified threadform replaced the Sellers threadform as the official US standard threadform a half century ago, many of the tables in various "reference works" have been carried forward from edition to edition with values appropriate to the Sellers threadform.

I realize that my posting is long-winded, but I hope it's clear enough for you to follow. If not, post back and I'll try to answer your questions.

John

lynnl

01-03-2011, 05:09 PM

So John, based on that, for the external thread (bolt) it's the thread root whose flat is 1/4p, whereas for the nut (internal thread) it's the crest flat that is 1/4p. Right?

(Speaking of the Unified standards)

John Garner

01-03-2011, 05:39 PM

lynnl --

Exactly right!

John

oldtiffie

01-03-2011, 06:44 PM

The basic internal diameter of a 1"-8-UNC thread is 0.8647".

See Machinery's Handbook27 page 1768 Table 5c - "8-thread series ........ "

Also shown here:

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/oldtiffie/Black_book/Black_book2_P32-33_1.jpg

As the bore (nut) tolerance is "Basic Hole", the tolerance will be positive ie 0.8647" - 0.000"/+???? and will depend on the Class of Thread (ie whether it is 1B, 2B or 3B) the tolerance and upper limit depends entirely on that Class. My guess is that it will Class 3B (the "tightest" fit).

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/oldtiffie/Black_book/Black_book_Fasten_P72-73_1.jpg

The bore tolerance will be the same as for the Basic Pitch Diameter.

oldtiffie

01-03-2011, 07:09 PM

The Pitch Diameter limits are: 0.9188"/0.9137" or 0.9137" + 0.0051"/0.0000".

(Machinery's Handbook27 page 1744, Table 3)

Apply that to the Basic Bore diameter and you have: 0.8647" +0.0051"/0.0000" and you have your limits of 0.8698/0.8637"

Yes - that 0.0051" difference is correct - ie it in not a "typo".

I'd use 0.870/0.864" for the bore.

John Garner

01-03-2011, 09:16 PM

ot --

It's going to take a heap of single-pointin' to make that 0.867 inch or thereabouts hole into the 1 1/2 - 8 internal screwthread that Dale wants to cut.

Having thusly teased you, I'll use the 1 - 8 UNC you mention for a "worked example" of the algorithms I posted:

Theoretical Major Diameter of 1 - 8 UNC = 1.0000 inch

Theoretical Pitch of 1 - 8 UNC = 1/8 inch = 0.1250 inch

Theoretical Single Depth of ANY 8 TPI Unified thread = 5/8 Pitch x Cosine 30 degree = 0.625 x 0.125 inch x 0.866025+ = 0.0677 inch, rounded to 4 decimal places

Theoretical Double Depth of ANY 8 TPI Unified thread = 2 x Single Depth of 8 TPI Unified thread = 2 x 0.0677 inch = 0.1353 inch, rounded to 4 decimal places

Theoretical Minor Diameter of 1 - 8 UNC thread = Theoretical Major Diameter - Theoretical Double Depth of 8 TPI Unified thread = 0.8647 inch, rounded to 4 decimal places.

Or, for the 1 1/2 - 8 screwthread Dale asks about, and if we assume it's supposed to be of the Unified threadform:

Theoretical Minor Diameter = Theoretical Major Diameter - Double Depth of 8 TPI Unified thread = 1.500 inch - 0.1353 inch = 1.3647 inch, again rounded to 4 places.

John

rohart

01-03-2011, 09:41 PM

That colourful publication looks very interesting, Tiffie.

What is it ?

And is it comprehensive in its cover - ie BSW, BSF, Metric, Trapezoidal ?

oldtiffie

01-03-2011, 10:05 PM

Thanks John for picking up my silly error as I mis-read the 1 1/2"-8-UNC as 1"-8-UNC.

Back to Machinery's Handbook27, page 1749, Table 3 - "Standard Series and ............................ ".

Assuming a Class 3B thread:

The nominal (least) bore diameter is: 1.3650" min and 1.3797" max with a difference/tolerance of (1.3797 - 1.3650 = 0.0147") that's 14.7 "thou"