Structural Blind Rivets are designed to fix elements where a high resistance to both tensile and shear strengths are required
Aluminium – Lightweight with good corrosion resistance.
Steel – Stronger than Aluminium with a “flash” coating of Zinc. Low corrosion resistance.
Stainless Steel A2 – Good Strength and excellent corrosion resistance.
Stainless Steel A4 – Good Strength and increased corrosion resistance
Copper – Relatively soft. Excellent corrosion resistance and conductivity.
Monel – The strongest blind rivet material with excellent corrosion resistance and conductivity. Also excellent high temperature suitability.
Material USAGE GUIDE.
Galvanic Corrosion • When dissimilar metals come into contact in the presence of an electrolyte, a galvanic action occurs which corrodes one metal at a faster rate and the other more slowly. This phenomenon can cause major riveted joint failures and care must be taken to avoid the occurrence. The following table is a guide.
|RIVET MATERIAL↓||Aluminium||Coated Steel||Stainless Steel||Copper||Brass|
|NO||Incompatible – Avoid contact with each other|
|CARE||Use with care. Painting metals will help|
1) Select materials that are as close together as possible in the Galvanic
2) Provide a barrier between the two metals, such as paint, non-metallic
washer or gaskets
3) Design the fastener as the cathode so the cathodic area is small as
compared to the anodic area
4) Use a metallic finish on the fastener that is close on the chart to the
Structural Blind Rivets
Structural Rivets exceptionally strong once set. The high strength is as a result of the mechanically locked stem. The locking occurs during the riveting process when the mandrel has traveled the full length of the rivet body. The strength comes from the mandrel being locked in place and completely filling the space along the shear plane from the primary through to the secondary side of the head.
When set properly, this results in a flush break, where the mandrel is broken nearly even with the head. Structural Rivets are primarily used in the transportation industries like Truck, Trailer, RV and Locomotive, however it is often used commercially as well.
The GO-LOCK rivets offer high strength, wide grip range, and excellent clamp-up force.
This system provides a mechanical lock that delivers 100% mandrel retention. The mandrel also fills the body of the rivet to give greater shear strength.