Rivets Information

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Rivets are specific, headed, usually non-threaded fasteners that are beaten or pressed into place to secure twoRivets or more items together.


Rivets are cylindrical mechanical fasteners capped with a flanged or forged head on one end. Rivets have different shaped heads, including domed, flat, or countersunk. 


To secure two or more pieces of material together, a rivet is placed into a hole cut just a bit larger in diameter than the rivet itself. During blind riveting or pop riveting, the force transferred from the hammer actually Rivetsdeforms the other end of a hollow rivet, creating a field head which secures the material together.


By hand, this is usually done by hammering the rivet into the material with a striking plate underneath.


Machine riveting can be done by heating the rivet until it is red hot and then forging the field head onto it or by using compression from a pneumatic or hydraulic hammer, or a smaller, hand-held rivet tool called a rivet gun. 



A tubular rivet has a cylindrical or tapered hole at the end, which is shaped or curled back by another tool during the setting process to form a clinch head against the material.


A rivet nut or nutsert, is a threaded rivet which is used to provide secure, permanent hold in high-load applications.




Rivets can be made of many different materials  including:Rivets


  • Steel
  • Copper
  • Plastic
  • Other metal alloys

Material choice depends on:


  • Material being secured together
  • Possible weight restrictions
  • Potential for corrosion


When the weight of the materials or the possibility of corrosion is an issue, a manufacturer may use a copper, aluminum, or plastic rivet.


Plastic button rivets may be removed and used again, and are useful in applications where materials need to be non-conductive.









  • BS 2SP 68 TO 2SP 71 - Specification for 100 degree countersunk precision head aluminium alloy rivets
  • A-A-52123 - Bars, bucking, rivet
  • AD 47-21-13 - Elevator push-pull tube rivets\sky enterprises inc\RC-3
  • ASME B18.1.1 - Small solid rivets 7/16 inch nominal diameter and smaller



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