Temperature Induced Dimensional Changes
Temperature causes various materials to change size at different rate, known as their Coefficients of Expansion (COE). The effects of this phenomenon on precision dimensional measurements are continuous and costly to industry. Precautions can be taken to allow parts and gages to temperature stabilize before conducting gage R & R studies, but the fact remains that on the shop floor temperatures vary all the time. The slow pace at which industry has accepted this reality probably has to do with the subtlety of these tiny size variations and our inability to sense gradual, but significant temperature changes.
This article describes a new technique for the size determination of external Involute splines by using a span measuring method. It provides application performance information
demonstrating how this method and its
measurements correlate with the traditional spline ring gage sizing method.