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.

The various parameters that can be included are Maximum Interference, Minimum Interference, Maximum Clearance, minimum clearance, etc.

## Types of Fits:

Fits are Classified into 3 types and those are the following:

**Clearance Fit****Interference Fit****Transition Fit**

Go through this article till the end, so that you can understand 3 types of fits briefly.

Fit obtaining parts are either movable or fixed joints.

For Example, Shaft and Bearing assembly.

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#### Movable Joint:

The shaft running in a bearing can move in relation to it and thus forms a movable joint.

#### Fixed 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.

## Clearance fit:

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.

**Extreme Cases:**

- Lower Limit of Hole v/s Lower Limit of Shaft = Hole>Shaft= Clearance Fit
- Lower Limit of Hole v/s Upper Limit of Shaft= Hole>Shaft= Clearance Fit
- Upper Limit of Hole v/s Lower Limit of Shaft= Hole>Shaft= Clearance Fit
- Upper Limit of Hole v/s Upper Limit of Shaft = Hole>Shaft= Clearance Fit

As Hole size is greater than Shaft size, it is called as Clearance Fit.

It is used in all the mating assemblies.

#### Maximum Clearance:

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:

**Minimum Clearance**= Lower limit of the hole** –** Higher limit of the shaft= Difference between maximum material limits.

### Types of Clearance Fits:

The most commonly used fits of the clearance type are.

**Slide fit****Running Fit****Slack running Fits****Easy Slide****Loose Running Fits**

**Slide-Fit:**

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.

#### Running Fit:

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.

#### Easy Slide Fit:

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.

#### Loose Running Fits:

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.

## Interference fit:

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.

#### External agency for assembly:

**Force/Pressure:**that is by the application of force or pressure we can get the push-fit.**Heating or Cooling:**i.e. by the application of Heating or Cooling, we can get the shrink fit.

**Extreme Cases:**

- Lower Limit of Hole v/s Lower Limit of Shaft = Hole<Shaft= Interference is Required
- Lower Limit of Hole v/s Upper Limit of Shaft= Hole<Shaft= Interference is Required
- Upper Limit of Hole v/s Lower Limit of Shaft= Hole<Shaft= Interference is Required
- Upper Limit of Hole v/s Upper Limit of Shaft = Hole<Shaft= Interference is Required

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:

**Maximum Interference** = Higher limit of the shaft – Lower limit of the hole= Difference between maximum material limits.

#### Minimum Interference:

**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.

### Types of Interference Fits:

Interference Fit is further Classified into the following types.

**Force Fit****Tight Fit****Shrink Fit**

## Transition Fit:

The dimensions of hole and shaft are such that sometimes the Clearance fit and sometimes the Interference fit is produced called Transition fit.

**Condition:**

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.

**Extreme Cases:**

**Case 1:**

- Lower Limit of Hole v/s Lower Limit of Shaft= Hole>Shaft= Clearance Fit
- Lower Limit of Hole v/s Upper Limit of Shaft= Hole<Shaft = Interference Fit
- Upper Limit of Hole v/s Lower Limit of Shaft= Hole>Shaft = Clearance Fit
- Upper Limit of Hole v/s Upper Limit of Shaft= Hole>Shaft = Clearance Fit

**Case 2:**

- Lower Limit of Hole v/s Lower Limit of Shaft= Hole<Shaft= Interference Fit
- Lower Limit of Hole v/s Upper Limit of Shaft= Hole<Shaft= Interference Fit
- Upper Limit of Hole v/s Lower Limit of Shaft= Hole>Shaft= Clearance Fit
- Upper Limit of Hole v/s Upper Limit of Shaft= Hole<Shaft= Interference Fit

According to the above cases, the Transition fit sometimes produces Clearance Fit and Sometimes it is producing Interference Fit.

### Types of Transition Fits:

The transition fit is classified into two types:

**Wringing Fit****Push-fit**

It is used for producing non-mating assemblies like fit between Piston and Piston rings of IC engine, coupling, and coupling rings, etc.

## Numerical on Limits, Fits, and Tolerance:

**Problem:** For a Shaft designated as 40 H8/f7, Calculate the tolerances?

**Solution:**

Given:

- Shaft designation = 40 H8/f7
- The above equation(shaft designation) means that the basic size is 40 mm
- Tolerance grade for the hole is 8 ( i. e. I T 8)
- Tolerance grade for the shaft is 7 ( i. e. I T 7).

Since 40 mm lies in the diameter steps of 30 to 50 mm, therefore,

The geometric mean diameter,

D = Square root of (30 x 50) = 38.73 mm

As we know that,

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. If you still have any doubts please feel free to mention in the comment section. And please don’t forget to share this article on you your social handles.

#### References:

- Engineering fit
- Manufacturing tolerances and fits – Nptel

#### Media Credits:

**All the Images:**By Prof. Dr. Kanakuppi Sadashivappa, Department of Industrial and Production Engineering Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology-Davangere – NPTEL**Feature Image:**Modified by Author