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Pitch Diameter Increase of Zinc Plated Threaded Parts


We are applying .0002" to .0003" of zinc plating to threaded parts. The pitch diameter of the part before plating was .279" and after plating was .282" which indicates a total build-up of .003". I have been told that the pitch diameter increases by a factor of 4, 6, or 8 but no one is sure by which factor the pitch diameter increases. The mean thickness of the plating was .00038" and if multiplied by a factor of 8, I can see where the pitch diameter increases by a factor of 8. I need to figure out how the pitch diameter is affected by plating thickness to determine if I can plate the parts to specification and still fit the thread gauge. Can anyone tell me by which factor the pitch diameter increases and why? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chris McCain, Q.A. Manager
- Gadsden, Alabama


There are at least partial answers to your inquiry on the following three letters, Chris: 2906, 22409, 31694. Good luck with it.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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