Radius Gauges are also known for Fillet gauges.
Fillet gauges designed to check/measure both internal and external radii on curved surfaces.
This is not a precision measuring instrument, rather it allows the user to quickly determine the fillet value.
By the way, the Fillet and Radius are the same?
No.. There is a difference between fillet and radius. The fillet is the inside curve where Radius is the outside curve. see the below picture
Construction of Radius Gauges / Fillet gauges
The Radius gauges made up of a set of blades as shown above. Each blade will be shaped with the fillet radius and the corresponding radius value will be stamped permanently on the blade itself.
The gauge consists of two sets of blades on each side. you can see it in the above picture. One side is used to check the inside fillets and the other side blades are used to check the outside radius.
Now you got an idea why it has two sets of blade set right. Let’s see how we can use this to check a fillet/radius
Measuring with Fillet Gauges / Radius Gauges
We will go with the fillet gauge. that means we will check the inside fillet in a corner.
See the following gif So that you can understand how we will place the Fillet gauge to check the Fillet value.
To check the fillet, we need to roughly pick the nearest fillet gauge blade from the stack, and place the blade as shown above gif.
Now the gauge curve and the workpiece fillet curve should match exactly as shown above.
To make sure the curves have contacted correctly, we need to maintain a light on the other side, so that the light can pass thru the gap if there is existed.
If the is a gap, then change the blade and check it with the adjacent Blade. repeat this process for until we get a perfect match.
This is a similar process as the wire gauge measuring technique.
Also, read about the Screw Pitch Gauge