# Torque

Published: August 12, 2017 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

## What Does Torque Mean?

Torque is defined as the force involved in the rotation of mechanical parts. It is present in the twisting motion of drilling mechanisms like those used in the field of trenchless construction. Like thrust, torque is a reactive force which is important in the formal science of physics. It can be calculated using well-established mathematical methods.

## Trenchlesspedia Explains Torque

Torque, like its companion force thrust, is determined by the Newton’s third law of motion. The opposite reaction involved in torque is directly proportional to the amount of force acted upon it. Trenchless construction workers need to know precisely how much force is required in drilling activities. Torque is essentially a force operating in a circular direction around an axis. A related term is thrust, which is a linear force. Thrust and torque are the forces used in drilling. The mathematical calculation of torque can be quite complex. 