jack(redirected from jak)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
jack, in zoology
jack, mechanical device
a naval flag that is raised daily on the bow of first-class and second-class ships only when they are at anchor. It is flown with the ensign (usually from 8 A.M. until sunset). The jack of warships of the Soviet Union is a red flag on which is depicted a five-pointed star in white outline with the hammer and sickle in the center.
a mechanism for lifting heavy piece loads during repair, assembly, or loading and unloading operations. Jacks are characterized by small dimensions and light weight (usually not more than 1 percent of the lifting capacity), low speed (0.01-0.25 m/min), and a lifting height of 0.15-1.0 m. However, special-purpose jacks may have a lifting capacity of several hundred tons and may lift loads to a height of several meters. A jack can raise loads smoothly, stop them accurately, and hold them at a given height. They are classified according to the type of drive as manual and electric and according to the principle of operation and their design features as rack-and-pinion, screw, and hydraulic.
The main part of a rack-and-pinion jack is the load-carrying rack, with a load-supporting pan for the load and with the lower end (foot) bent at a right angle in order to lift loads with a low-slung bearing surface. According to the type of transmission mechanism, rack-and-pinion jacks are divided into rack-and-lever and gear types. In rack-and-lever jacks the rack is advanced by a rocking drive lever; in the gear types it is advanced by means of a pinion rotated by a drive crank. Jacks with a load capacity of up to 6 tons have a one-step transmission, those with a capacity of 6-15 tons have a two-step transmission, and those with a capacity of more than 15 tons have a three-step transmission. Loads that have been lifted by the jack are held up by locking devices. The efficiency of a rack-and-pinion jack with a single-gear drive is 0.85; with a double-gear drive, it is 0.7.
The main part of a screw jack is a screw with a swiveling load-supporting pan; the screw is rotated by a crank. Jacks having sliding carriages that are also equipped with a screw are used to move loads horizontally. The load is held in position by the self-braking action of the screw, thus ensuring a high degree of operating safety. The load capacity of screw jacks usually does not exceed 20 tons, but special jacks are made with capacities of 100 tons and higher and with lifts of up to 2 m. The efficiency of screw jacks does not exceed 0.3-0.4.
Hydraulic jacks may have either periodic action with manual drive or continuous action with mechanical drive. In the periodic-action type, a plunger that supports the load is raised by a working fluid, which is forced into the lower cavity of the housing by a piston pump operated by a hand lever and equipped with intake and delivery valves. The load is lowered by letting the working fluid pass from the housing into the pump reservoir. In the continuous-action type the working fluid is forced into the space above the piston, so that it is not the piston but the housing—together with the load, reservoir, and pump—that is raised. The housing and piston are interconnected with return springs. If the cylinder is supported from below in its extreme upper position and the bypass valve is opened, the piston will rise under the action of the spring forces, and the fluid will flow into the reservoir. Supports are then put under the piston again, and the operating cycle is repeated without shifting the jack. Hydraulic jacks combine the advantages of the screw and rack-and-pinion types. They have high efficiency (0.75-0.80), smooth motion, accurate stopping, automatic braking, compactness, and large load capacity (up to several hundred tons). Their drawbacks are low speed and small lift height per operating cycle.
REFERENCESKifer, L. G., and I. I. Abramovich. Gruzopod”emnye mashiny, 2nd ed., part 1. Moscow, 1956.
Mashinostroenie: Entsiklopedicheskii spravochnik, vol. 9. Moscow, 1949. Pages 857-63.