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April 12 2017

rivets

Finding the Perfect Fastener for a Given Project

While the challenges particular to certain projects tend to vary wildly, a few issues seem to crop up again and again. In many cases, it will not be the design phase or the actual execution of a project that turns out to matter to most, but the planning that happens in between. Choosing the right fasteners for a given project, for instance, often ends up mattering a great deal. Understanding each of the various basic options in depth will generally yield the best possible results.

Rivets, for instance, vary quite a bit more in terms of their features and strengths than some would suppose. Fasteners from this broad family all share the same basic feature of being meant to deform upon installation such that an essentially permanent set is achieved. Compared to a bolt that could be set in place temporarily with a removable nut, such a fastener will therefore stand out in obvious ways on even the most basic level.

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Even if that was all there were to the matter, there would still be plenty of consideration needed to make the right choice for many projects. Rivets, just like other kinds of fasteners, however, range quite a bit in terms of their particular features. With each design being meant to excel in certain applications, understanding these various options often turns out to be just as important as coming to terms with the basics.

For instance, fasteners of this class that are crafted from solid materials will tend to yield the greatest strength in terms of their ability to bear both shearing forces and tension. While that is an important principle to keep in mind, the variety of different materials available means that the issues is quite a bit more involved than this simple observation could suggest. A solid fastener made from steel will present very different performance characteristics than one milled from brass, and these differences will always need to be taken into account.

Moving beyond these simplest of rivets also reveals quite a few options of more elaborate and specialized kinds. Tubular fasteners that are designed to be especially easy to crimp off into a joint-preserving buck-tail will generally allow for faster, more consistent progress, with less work being required to secure each set. In some cases, having access to the far side of a joint is not to be taken for granted, and fasteners designed for "blind" installation will therefore be needed. Suppliers like Rapid Rivet that offer a full range of choices to clients therefore make it much easier to achieve a perfect fit with each project's requirements. 

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