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**Tolerance Analysis of Involute Splines
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Jacek Kroczak, Marian Dudziak

Abstract—The authors present the analysis of the tolerance system of involute splines. They explain the concept of effective variation, actual and effective tooth size. The analysis of the effective variation, which is defined as the deviation allowance, for the different spline tolerance classes is presented. Pitch diameter is assumed as a reference parameter during the analysis. Index Terms—effective variation, form deviation, involute spline

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I. INTRODUCTION

spline is defined as an equally spaced, multi-toothed connector, which is used to transmit rotary motion from an input to an output and to align two mating elements. Splined connections are applied to couple elements and transfer torque from splined shaft to splined hub or to other rotary component such as gear, pulley, flywheel, or the like (fig. 1). These connections can be found in mechanical transmission systems, e.g. gas turbine engine mainshaft, intermediate shaft of tractor gearbox, and automobile drive shaft.

sided spline [6]. Further, the involute splines guarantee selfcentering action of hub and shaft which are being under load. There are two basics types of splines: the flexible spline (working) and the fixed splined (nonworking). Flexible spline allows some rocking motion whereas fixed spline allows no relative or rocking motion between two coupling elements. Involute splines are very similar to gears, but their teeth are shorter in height (a stub tooth). Therefore, an involute spline can be cut and measured by the same machines as for gear teeth. Standard involute splines utilize the nominal pressure angle values of 300, 37.50 or 450. However, in special applications, the pressure angles of 14.50, 200 or 250 are sometimes chosen, which are commonly used in gears. Involute splines are specified by the international standard [4] or by the national standards, e.g. [1]-[3]. This paper considers the international standard only. According to the ISO standard there are four classes of machining tolerance for splines (4, 5, 6, 7) and six fit classes (H/d, H/e, H/f, H/h, H/js, H/k). Fittings mentioned above concern side fits only. Tooth flanks transmit the torque and simultaneously create the coaxial connection. II. ACTUAL AND EFFECTIVE TOOTH SIZE After machining and heat treatment of involute splines, one can not obtain a perfect involute spline. There will always be some form deviations. These form deviations affect the maximum material condition and hence the fit of connection. The form deviations are complex and occur on each flank of space and tooth. The most important spline deviations are: pitch deviation, profile deviation, and lead deviation. Therefore, the tolerance system of involute splines must take into consideration the influence of existing form deviations on the clearance for the different accuracy classes. In order to consider a proper fit of assembly of two mating parts, there are two different dimensions for tooth thickness and space width. The first one is called the actual (real) tooth thickness (Smax, Smin) and it is just the circular thickness of tooth. The second one is the effective tooth thickness (Svmax, Svmin) and it is equal to the circular space width on the pitch circle of an imaginary perfect internal spline which would fit the external spline without looseness or interference. The effective tooth thickness includes the actual tooth thickness and the variations of tooth form. The effective dimension controls the clearance, while the actual dimension determines the strength of the tooth [5]. Fig. 2 and 3 illustrate the relationship between these two dimensions.

Fig. 1. View of splined connection

Splined connections are made in two types: straight-sided and involute profile. The involute spline is stronger, due to the gradual increase of tooth thickness and less stress concentration factor (about 1.7 times less), than straightManuscript received March 08, 2011; revised March 28, 2011. Jacek Kroczak is with the Chair of Basics of Machine Design, Poznan University of Technology, 60-965 Poznan, Poland (corresponding author, phone: +48-61-665-2042; fax: +48-61-665-2074; e-mail: jacek.kroczak@put.poznan.pl). Marian Dudziak is with the Chair of Basics of Machine Design, Poznan University of Technology, 60-965 Poznan, Poland (e-mail: marian.dudziak@put.poznan.pl).

ISBN: 978-988-19251-5-2 ISSN: 2078-0958 (Print); ISSN: 2078-0966 (Online)

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because areas of more than minimum clearance can be resized without changing the fit [4].55 m z / 2 9 1. the pitch diameter in the function of the machining tolerance is also analyzed (fig. and profile variations. lead. London.5 7. TABLE I FORMULAS FOR ALLOWABLE TOTAL PITCH DEVIATION . total profile deviation Fα. 4 and 5. TOTAL PROFILE DEVIATION. and total lead deviation Fβ and has an effect on the effective fit of an involute spline. These relationships are restricted to the following assumption: the length of engagement is equal to one half of the pitch diameter. Fig. U. analytical gear measurement equipment must be used. AND TOTAL LEAD DEVIATION Total profile deviation Total lead deviation Total pitch deviation Fα Fβ Spline tolerance Fp (μm) (μm) (μm) class IT 4 2. EFFECTIVE VARIATION AND FORM DEVIATION Tooth profile Pitch circle The effective variation is defined as the deviation allowance λ.0125 m z ) 25 6.K. ISSN: 2078-0966 (Online) WCE 2011 . λ – deviation allowance. The effective size includes the actual size and errors due to index.6 ( m 0. In order to measure the effective values. cmax – maximum clearance The difference between the effective space width and the effective tooth thickness is equal to the effective clearance and defines the fit of the mating parts. S(E)max(min) – maximum (minimum) actual tooth thickness (space width).5 m z / 2 6. 3.3 ( m 0. Adjustments may be required for other lengths of engagement than assumed one. and by the maximum clearance with the minimum actual tooth thickness and the maximum actual space width. July 6 . cvmin(vmax) – minimum (maximum) effective clearance.Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2011 Vol III WCE 2011. L – the spline length (mm) ISBN: 978-988-19251-5-2 ISSN: 2078-0958 (Print). III. or z=const. z – number of teeth.1 m z / 2 18 1. This deviation is the accumulation of the total pitch deviation Fp.25 2 L 6. 2. On the basis of the above mentioned relationships.0125 m z ) 10 2. The effect of individual spline deviations on the fit is less than their total. IV.6 Fp2 F2 F2 (1) Fig. 2011. the analysis of the deviation allowance for the different spline tolerance classes is conducted. CONCLUSIONS The tolerance system of involute splines allows for the effect of form deviations.8.8 L 4 L 5 5 6 7 5 m z / 2 12. the effective size is used to determine if two parts will fit together at assembly. (T+λ) – total tolerance. This analysis can be done for two conditions: m=const. S(E)vmax(vmin) – maximum (minimum) effective tooth thickness (space width). Tolerance zones for the tooth thickness and the space width: T – machining tolerance.3 3.3 L 10 where: m – module. The results in a form of the diagrams are given in fig. Actual and effective tooth thickness Three types of form deviations are added together statistically and 60 percent of this total value is defined as deviation allowance.0125 m z ) 16 4 ( m 0. For comparison. The deviation allowance is calculated as follows: Smin Smax S vmax 0.0125 m z ) 40 0. Formulas for allowable total form deviations are given in table I. The assembly of two splines is controlled by the minimum effective clearance with the maximum effective tooth thickness and the minimum effective space width.5 ( m 0. Pitch diameter is assumed as the reference parameter and is defined as follows: dp m z (2) Pitch diameter in the function of the deviation allowance is analyzed. The actual size can be determined by measuring over or between pins. 6 and 7). Hence.

07 0. [2] DIN 5480 Zahnwellen-Verbindungen mit Evolventenflanken.040 0. 2011. Machine Element: Life&Design. the higher the machining tolerance and the deviation allowance • the number of teeth has a low influence on the deviation allowance and the machining tolerance compared with the module • the module and the number of teeth determinate the value of the deviation allowance. tolerances and measurable sizes. side fit. Diagram of the relationship between the pitch diameter and the deviation allowance for z = 10 0. 7.R.070 0.2 0.. [6] Klebanov B.02 0. Nystrom F. 0.12 0. Diagram of the relationship between the pitch diameter and the machining tolerance for m = 1 ISBN: 978-988-19251-5-2 ISSN: 2078-0958 (Print). 2008.16 0.010 0.09 0.000 0 20 40 60 80 100 Pitch diameter dp (mm) IT 4 IT 5 IT 6 IT 7 0. допуски и измеряемые величины.01 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 Pitch diameter dp (mm) Fig.020 0. FL.03 0.K. Соединения шлицевые эвольвентные с углом профиля 30 градусов.. Barlam D.030 0. the following conclusions can be drawn: • the higher the pitch diameter. 6.04 0. CRC Press. ISSN: 2078-0966 (Online) WCE 2011 . London.14 0. July 6 .1 Machining tolerance T (mm) 0. Diagram of the relationship between the pitch diameter and the machining tolerance for z = 10 REFERENCES [1] ANSI B92.18 0.06 0. Design Guide for Involute Splines. Machining tolerance T (mm) On the basis of the presented diagrams (fig.05 0. Размеры. IT 4 IT 5 IT 6 IT 7 Fig.08 0.8. Chaplin M.060 0.08 0.06 0. Diagram of the relationship between the pitch diameter and the deviation allowance for m = 1 0. U. Dimensions.080 Deviation allowance λ (mm) 0.01 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 Pitch diameter dp (mm) IT 4 IT 5 IT 6 IT 7 Fig.02 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 Pitch diameter dp (mm) IT 4 IT 5 IT 6 IT 7 Fig. Metric Module.05 0. SAE.02 0.2M-1980 Involute Splines. Warrendale. Boca Raton.) [4] ISO 4156 Straight cylindrical involute splines – Metric module.04 0.050 0. [3] GOST 6033-80 основные нормы взаимозаменяемости.03 0.. [5] Cedoz R.06 0..W. Involute splined joints with 30o profile angle. 5.09 0.Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2011 Vol III WCE 2011.2.04 0. (English translation: Basic norms of interchangeability..07 0.1 0. 4. 1994. PA.1 Deviation allowance λ (mm) 0.08 0. 4-7).

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