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March 03, 2011

Types of Fits


1. Clearance fit. In this type of fit, the size limits for mating parts are so selected that clearance between them always occur. It may be noted that in a clearance fit, the tolerance zone of the hole is entirely above the tolerance zone of the shaft. In a clearance fit, the difference between the minimum size of the hole and the maximum size of the shaft is known as minimum clearance whereas the difference between the maximum size of the hole and minimum size of the shaft is called maximum clearance. The clearance fits may be slide fit, easy sliding fit, running fit, slack running fit and loose running fit.
2. Interference fit. In this type of fit, the size limits for the mating parts are so selected that interference between them always occur. It may be noted that in an interference fit, the tolerance zone of the hole is entirely below the tolerance zone of the shaft. In an interference fit, the difference between the maximum size of the hole and the minimum size of the shaft is known as minimum interference, whereas the difference between the minimum size of the hole and the maximum size of the shaft is called maximum interference. The interference fits may be shrink fit, heavy drive fit and light drive fit.

3. Transition fit. In this type of fit, the size limits for the mating parts are so selected that either a clearance or interference may occur depending upon the actual size of the mating parts. It may be noted that in a transition fit, the tolerance zones of hole and shaft overlap. The transition fits may be force fit, tight fit and push fit.
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