Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 8, Issue 8, pp 375–380 | Cite as

The stress concentration in keyways when torque is transmitted through keys

The electroplating method of strain analysis is used to determine the peak stress at the corner of keyway
  • H. Ōkubo
  • K. Hosono
  • K. Sakaki


The stress-concentration factor for keyways is obtained by the electroplating method of strain analysis which was recently developed in Japan. The stresses in keyways are examined under most practical conditions. The shaft to be examined is set in a boss and fixed with a key so that the torque is wholly transmitted to the test piece through the key. To obtain the limit value for a shaft twisted only through a key, the fitting is devised so as to minimize the surface friction at the fitted portion. The results are compared to those reported previously by other authors in which local effects of the key are ignored.


Japan Torque Mechanical Engineer Fluid Dynamics Stress Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Ōkubo
    • 1
  • K. Hosono
    • 1
  • K. Sakaki
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied MechanicsThe UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Toyota Motor Co.ToyotaJapan

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