# Square Thread – Torque Required to Minimize Load Formula & Calculator

Torque required to lower load calculator – step by step calculation, formula & solved example problem to find the torque required during raising the load by using the square thread (power screw) in power transmission. Load in Newton F, mean diameter dm, mean collar diameter dc, square thread pitch distance l, coefficient of friction for thread μ & coefficient of friction for collar &muc are the key terms of this calculation.

## Formula

In mechanical engineering, the below mathematical formula is used to calculate the minimum torque required to lower load (TL) for square thread power transmission.

### Solved Example

The below step by step solved example problem may helpful for users to understand how the input values are being used in such calculations to calculate the torque required to lower the load or horizontally move against the force using the square threaded screw (power screw) in power transmission.
Example Problem
A vice using the square thread having the nominal screw diameter d = 14 mm, pitch width p = l = 3 mm, square thread frictional coefficient μ = 0.35, coefficient of friction for collar &muc = 0.25, mean diameter dm = 12.5 mm, mean collar diameter dc = 45 mm & the capacity of the vice clamp is 850 Newton. Calculate the torque required to release load of the vice.
Solution
The given data
load in Newton F = 850 N
mean diameter dm = 12.5 mm
mean collar diameter dc = 45 mm
square thread pitch distance l = 3 mm
coefficient of friction for thread μ = 0.35
coefficient of friction for collar &muc = 0.25

Step by step calculation
Formula to find TR = {[(F x dm)/2] x [(π x μ x dm) – l]/[(π x dm) – (μ x l)] + [(F x μc x dc)/2]}
If only nominal diameter & pitch of power screw given
mean diameter dm = dn – (p/2)
substitute the values in the above formula
= [850 x 12.5/2] x [((π x 0.35 x 12.5) – 3)/((π x 12.5) – (0.35 x 3))]+ [(850 x 0.25 x 45)/2]
= 6.27
TL = 6.27 N-mm
divide it by 1000 to convert it N-mm to N-m
TL = 6.27/1000
TL = 0.00627 N-m

In the field of power transmission by using square thread or power screw in mechanical engineering, it’s important to analyse the torque requirement to minimize the load. The above formula, step by step calculation & solved example problem may be useful for users to understand how the values are being used in the formula to find the minimum torque reuired to decrease the load TL, however, when it comes to online for quick calculations, this power screw torque required to lower the load calculator helps the user to perform & verify such mechanical engineering calculations as quick as possible.