Ryan, James J. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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A mechanism for lifting and supporting loads, usually of large size. A screw jack mechanism consists of a thrust collar and a nut which rides on a bolt; the threads between the nut and bolt normally have a square shape. A standard form of screw jack has a heavy metal base with a central threaded hole into which fits a bolt capable of rotation under a collar thrusting against the load. Screw jacks are also used for positioning mechanical parts on machine tools in order to carry out manufacturing processes. These jacks are small in size and have standard V threads. Load and stress calculations may be performed on screw jacks in the same manner as in power screws and screw fastenings. See also: Screw; Simple machine
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