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General Types of Rivets & Their Applications

by Nathan Zachary

No matter what industry you’re in, you’ve probably seen a rivet used in some way. Rivets are metallic fasteners designed to connect two parts of the same or similar material by deforming and forming a friction lock within the joint.

There are four main types of rivets that vary depending on the shape of their head and their method of construction: solid rivets, tubular rivets, dome rivets, and special-head rivets. These different head types and methods allow each type of rivet to be used in various applications that take advantage of their unique strengths and weaknesses.

General types of rivets

Rivets are close connecting bridges in components and structures and are used in industry, people’s livelihood, and various important fields. There are many types of rivets, but the three main types include solid rivets, blind rivets and semi-blind rivets. Solid rivets have a head on one end that matches the head on the opposite end; these heads can be either domed or flat. Blind rivets do not have a head on the end of them. Semi-blind rivets are the same as blind rivets except they have small pinholes at each end so you can see when they’ve been driven into position

In general, there are three types of rivets: solid, semi-blind and blind.

Design requirements for riveting

Rivets come in many different shapes and sizes. There are two types that are typically used in construction: solid rivet and hollow rivet. Solid rivets have one hole for the rivet gun, so that when the head is pushed up it compresses the metal on both sides and closes off the hole.

Hollow rivets have a small hole at each end, so they can be inserted from either side of the material. The rivet is then pounded with a caulking mallet, which squeezes the ends together and seals them against leakage. The advantages to these types of rivets are their versatility and ease-of-use as well as their affordability; however, there’s an inherent risk that not enough pressure will be applied to close the holes securely.

Basic riveting process

The first step in riveting is to have both pieces that are to be joined. The second step is to set up a rivet press with the desired size and type of rivet head. In the third step, you need to select the correct tooling for your rivet, which may be a hand or pneumatic tool.

The fourth step is for you to place the head on one end of the rivet and then place it on top of the other piece that needs joining together. Next, use your chosen tool to start turning the rivet by clockwise motion until it has fully been inserted into the two pieces of metal.

Preparation before riveting

The first step is to clear any debris from the area that you will be working on. You don’t want to have a bunch of junk flying into your face when you are trying to work. Next, make sure that you have a clean surface in front of you and all the tools you need for the job. This includes rivets, rivet setter, drill bit, hammer or mallet and safety goggles and gloves.

The next thing you need to do is put on your safety gear. There are two types of rivets: solid steel and hollow steel. Solid steel has more strength but less weight, while hollow steel has less strength but more weight. The difference between these two types mainly comes down to what they’re being used for and how they fit with the material they are connecting together.

Relevant inspection standards

There are various types of rivets. The most common types are: dome head, solid shank, and dimple head. Dome head rivets have a domed end that is used to spread the load over the entire area when compressed. Solid shank rivets have a shaft that is cylindrical and may be threaded. Dimple head rivets have a small hole in one side to allow them to be pulled through material with an appropriate puller tool.

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