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Screw Jack Equations Calculator Application

Machine Design and Application

Screw jack application equations to move a large load with small effort. This is an inclined plane application.

inclined plane application

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F = (W h µ) /s


F = Force required to lift (lbs, N)
W = Weight lifted (lbs, N)
h = ρ = Pitch of lead jack screw (in, mm)
µ = Friction constant (dimension less) ≥ 1
l = radius (in, mm)
s = 2 π l (in, mm)
ρ = pitch
π = 3.14157

Mechanical Advantage

MA = load/effort = (2 π l) / ρ

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