When you work with fasteners, a washer keeps the bolt in place and keeps it from sliding out of the structure. Flat washers work well with traditional applications, but they don’t always have enough tension for vibrating structures. If you’re building a vibrating piece of equipment, a spring washer could provide the tension and surface area that you need to keep the fastener from jiggling out of the socket.
Unlike flat washers, spring washers have curves and waves that make them suitable for different applications. Here’s what you need to know about spring washers before you select the right spring washer source for your next project.
What Makes Spring Washers Different?
Both flat washers and spring washers distribute the fastener’s load evenly across the surface, securing the bolt and preventing a potential collapse. However, spring washers distribute the load differently across their uneven surfaces. This means that they can withstand constant vibration without breaking or falling out of the socket.
Unlike regular washers, spring washers don’t sit flat against the surface of the structure. Spring washers come in three different shapes that suit various types of structures. When you order annealed spring steel washers in bulk, consider ordering all three types so you’ll always have the right washers in stock.
What Are The Three Types Of Spring Washers?
With three different shapes of spring washers, you’ll always have the perfect fastener for your project. Here’s a rundown of the different types:
- Belleville washers: These washers have a round dome shape that rises up in the middle. The hole in the center is perfectly round.
- Curved/single-wave washers: These washers have a warped shape with a single curve in the middle.
- Three-wave washers: These washers have three curves at different points on the surface, creating a rippled effect.
The unusual shapes allow spring washers to absorb shock, withstand high levels of force and stay in place without scratching or damaging the surface. As a result, spring washers are popular for industrial applications.
Which Materials Do Spring Washer Manufacturers Use?
At Superior Washer and Gasket Corp., we use stainless steel to manufacture most of our steel washers. Due to its durability and weather resistance, stainless steel is one of the toughest materials on the market. Stainless steel is water- and rust-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications. Additionally, stainless steel requires minimal maintenance and lasts for years after you screw it into place.
In addition to stainless steel, we offer spring steel washers in various sizes and thicknesses. Spring steel is an elastic type of steel that can bend, twist and distort without losing its shape. Instead of breaking or deforming, spring steel goes back to its original shape. This makes spring steel great for applications that involve a lot of tension and pressure.
What Does Superior Washer And Gasket Corp. Offer For Manufacturers?
When you shop from Superior Washer and Gasket Corp., you’ll get access to thousands of spring washers in different shapes, sizes and thicknesses. Choose a spring washer type, then browse our list online to find the right washers for your project. Even if you don’t need certain washers now, plan ahead by adding them to your price quote.
To make it easy for you to find the right washers, we list the specifications in the columns to the right. You can also search our inventory by thickness and diameter to narrow down your search. Click on the SKU number for more information about the washer that you want to buy.
When you’re ready to get a quote, check the boxes next to your preferred washers and hit the “Request Quote” button. Our team of professionals will get back to you shortly.