# How power screw works

1. Mar 24, 2005

### stan

hi

does anyone knows how a power screw works, illustrations would be helpful..
thanks

ss

2. Mar 24, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Do you mean the propeller of a ship?

3. Mar 24, 2005

### FredGarvin

It's the same principle as a regular screw...a wedge. What are you looking for?

4. Mar 24, 2005

### minger

If you're talking about say the propeller of a ship, then imagine an inclined plane sitting in a body of water. Then, just move it straight up through the water. The water will exert a force on the plane perpendicular to the plane. There will be two components of that force, one being in the x direction, a thurst load wanting to push the plane horizontally through the water.

Just note that this is very simplified, I'm sure there are other effects, and there is probably a "stall" angle where for a given rpm, and angle, the screw won't want to produce any axial force (although I would think you could go with a higher angle on a screw than just a straight propeller). Anyways....

5. Mar 24, 2005

### FredGarvin

I think Stan is refering to a linear actuator type of power screw.

Last edited: Nov 7, 2005
6. Mar 24, 2005

### minger

OOOOoooo, power SCREW, haha. I have like a week and halfs worth of Machine Design notes on Power Screws somewhere at home. I'll look later for them