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Maximum strength size thread for aluminium sheet per thickness

Is there a rule of thumb, or a table which helps one determine what is the maximum strength thread size to use for aluminium sheet? I am interested in threading 3mm, and 2mm thick sheet aluminium. I ...
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What type of fastener / rivet is this please?

I think I may have worked this out but I would love it if a real engineer could confirm it please? Is the fixing shown in the photos a shoulder rivet? Semi tubular? For the record the pictures show ...
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What type of fastener is this? How does it work?

I'm trying to find more information on this type of fastener. It looks like a variation on a bayonet mount but I'm not exactly sure how it is locking in place.
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Are concrete screws suitable for repeated removal and reinstallation?

Is a concrete screw like the HILTI HUS3 removable? I.e. can it be repeatedly unscrewed and reinstalled as required? Will this damage the fixing or the hole in the concrete? We're thinking about using ...
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Mounting a digital indicator on a plate

I have a flat aluminium plate and I need to mount a digital indicator[1] on it. The digital indicator doesn't seem to have any mounting holes itself so I think I need to use a clamp to hold it. I don'...
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What is Proof Load of Bolts?

I seem to be getting conflicting information. Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design textbook states that, "proof load is the maximum load (force) that a bolt can withstand without acquiring a ...
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Is there a term for this kind of eccentrically threaded fastener or washer that has wrench flats and curved faces

Is there a standard term for this fastener or for the kind of problem it is intended to address?
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Mounting methods for thin wall cast aluminum

Having a cast aluminium enclosure with the 3mm wall thickness. now I need to mount this to a mounting plate which fixed in vertical walls. can I have some idea on how should I choose the appropriate ...
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Fasten adjustable perpendicular cylinders rotating on axis

What part(s) make it simple to secure two perpendicular cylinders together when one of the cylinders is rotating on its axis? In the drawing below, C(3) rotates with a simple motor. C(1) and C(2) ...
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What is the best way to fasten securely a load onto a hollow brick?

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, I decided to put a basketball hoop on one of our outside walls, so that me and my son can stretch a bit. The problem is that the wall I plan to put the basketball is ...
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classes and grades of steel and stainless steel

I'm trying to learn the standard nomenclature for the steel and stainless steel mainly used in the bolts, screws, nuts, and other fasteners in general. So far I have created this table: | Metric ...
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How to remove/replace a screw with a lock washer in a tight place

I'm trying to remove the screw in the images below from a metal cover. The screw is locked in place by what I believe is called a locked washer. The screw can rotate, but I can't move it in and out. ...
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Detachable tubing connections (joints) for frame assembly

I am looking into fabricating a steel tubing frame that needs to be dis/assembled (applies to many larger furniture like bed, shelving unit, wardrobe, cupboard, cabinet, ...). What are the variants of ...
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Aerospace bolts and washer combination

In my aerospace company we have repetitive discussions regarding the stacking of low tolerance fasteners with non-countersunk washers. For example a fastner NAS6703-X (size 10) has a max. base radius ...
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Distribution of Forces into 3D Bolt Group

I'm trying to create an Excel spreadsheet that takes a 3D bolt group with x y and z coordinates, applied loading, and determines the distribution of forces into each bolt based on weighting by the ...
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What's the best way to design a joint with two fasteners?

When you're trying to design a relatively long joint with only two fasteners, what's the best way to arrange them? Since fasteners effectively radiate a circle of clamping force around them, what's ...
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Serrated locking part

I need to fixate something at adjustable approximate angles. It doesn't need to have a lot of holding power. So the idea is to have washers/nuts that are serrated, that when closed in together, locks ...
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Looking for the name of this torque-arm post (to order one OTS)

It is a post that has an arm that can swing out so that you can torque on the post. I've seen it before but not sure where!
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M# Screw mm per turn?

So is there a standard rule of thumb, or equation about the distance the end of a screw will travel per rotation? Conversely, how many turns it will take to travel a specific distance? Say I have an ...
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“Barbed” fastener, ideally with a release

I'm trying to identify a fastener or type of fastener. I have a stud/post that comes up through a board and the fastener is something that would push on and hold in place. Ideally it would be ...
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What does “Lg” mean when defining form of screws

The context of this question is the Form, Fit and Function (FFF) rule defined in ASME. It states that form is used to define any product with reference to its size, mass, shape, dimensions, and other ...
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Can I use a NPT fastened device to vacuum or 10^-2 Torr?

I am designing a flange to be use to maintain a pressure of 10-2 Torr for at least 3 months. I am using an o-ring seal from my (device) to the product weldment. I am looking for feedback on using NPT ...
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Permanant extension for Fastener

I have a fastener with an accessibility problem. At the time of installation, the fastener is at the bottom of a crowded box with obstructions varying stiffness (Metal Plates and harnessing). It is ...
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Dimensioning of beam pressed by screw in assembly

I need help dimensioning a screw-beam system of a press. I built one prototype but the beam is bending too much. Below is a sketch of my press. In the middle it has a fixing screw which presses ...
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Boeing 737NG pickle fork cracking. What determines the fastener layout?

Boeing 737NG aircraft are currently being checked for cracking in the "pickle fork" assembly that attaches the fuselage to the wings. The affected joint has 4 fasteners that attach the fork to the ...
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Fastening a Nut on threaded rod from the middle

Does there exist any type of Nut, that can be screwed on a threaded rod that can slipped in without having to go to the ends of the threaded rod? I can sort of imagine a Nut that was a ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to construe a screw

When your first idea is drafted you calculate which forces/pressures and so on are working on your system. And then you break the forces down into the single screws which are built in your device. ...
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What causes a fastener to lock?

I am rebuilding a car engine. With some of the fasteners I am unscrewing, I notice that a lot of torque is required to undo the fastener. It feels like a snap when undoing a fastener, rather than a ...
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What type of fastener is this?

Used to connect the chain for a window actuator to a U-shaped window bracket. The threaded end screws into a bolt hole (M5.5 female thread) on one side of the U-bracket. The tip of the fastener fits ...
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Correct sizing of fastener for console

Following situation: I need to mount a console holding a load to the edge of a 25cm concrete plate. I want you to check my reasoning. This is the situation: My thinking is: The load is 170kg, which ...
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Vibration table for tests (7-200Hz) from extruded aluminium profiles bolted together - good idea (?)

I need to design a vibration table (approx. 1000mx1000mm) to test products between 7-200Hz. I was wondering if it is recommended to make the table structure from standardised, extruded aluminum ...
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Recommended torque

I am working on an assembly where I have various screws, mainly metal on metal fastening. Where can I find a realiable source for recommended torque settings based on screw size, screw material and ...
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Help identifying a fastener/screw

I'm trying to identify the pictured fastener. It's a single piece around the arm of a gas spring, allowing it to pivot. I've had to replace the spring, but the screw is size M8 while the eyelet on the ...
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How to prevent movement in this 3 DOF setup?

I have a 3DOF platform that I'm trying to make more stable. It's difficult to explain in words what the issue is so I've added a GIF below. Any ideas of how I can get rid of this wobble? The DOF arm ...
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I have an unidentified press-fit nut that I need to reproduce, can anyone tell me how to find this?

I received these fittings as part of a package, but now we need more of them. Can anyone identify this assembly, or even better help me learn how to recreate it? My coworkers and I are stumped. ...
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Screwing into Rubber - Screw Selection

I am attempting to mount a device by screwing into ~2" of rubber (not sure what durometer or material, but it is decently firm, maybe 70 durometer). However, I am not sure what type of anchor to use (...
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Why are Whitworth threads angled at 55°?

You're probably thinking, "Well.. Why not? It's gotta be something.." Right? But 55° is kind of an odd angle if you think about it.. and it does seem like a pretty specific choice considering a ...
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Derivation on torque required to raise load, isn't there a force disapearing?

I drew a little picture: Try to use you imagination to view these pictures as profile of bolt threads. In derivation on torque required to raise load, the angle of friction (ro) is calculated like in ...
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When are Nyloc nuts indicated instead of cap nuts?

Are there any applications in which a Nyloc nut is preferred to a proper cap nut? As best I can tell: a Nyloc nut is just a specialized cap nut that will fail under lower torque and temperatures than ...
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Fat hexagonal M3 nuts, with outer diameter greater than 6 mm

This is a follow on from my previous question, Will standard M5 T-slot nuts fit these different 2020 aluminium extrusions? The extrusion has this profile: and here is a more in-focus photo, of four, ...
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Will standard M5 T-slot nuts fit these different 2020 aluminium extrusions?

I am trying to source the parts for a Wilson II 3D printer, and the recommended struts are made from 2020 aluminium extrusions, like so: However, in Bangkok, I can only find this type: Note that the ...
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Cleaning Shavings from Tapped Hole

I have a hole that contains metal shavings after I have tapped it. Is there a common method to clean out metal shavings from between the threads of the tapped hole?
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Hot Dip Galvanized Nuts

I’m in a position where I need to order high volumes of nuts and bolts for a project. I read through a South African National Standard, SANS 2001-CS1, in which it states that when I use hot dip ...
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What is this Y-shaped screwdriver bit, and what is its purpose?

I found this strange looking bit in a bit set of uncommon bits, including Security Torx, hexalobular, tri-wing, spanner head, 12-point flange, Torq-set and others. It's the only one that I could not ...
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How does Alloy 20 compare with Ti 6-4, C-276 and 316 stainless for corrosive service?

While I've designed tons of plastics for corrosive service, the fasteners to hold the plastics together are inevitably metallic. There have been a lot of ways to protect them from rusting (due to ...
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Rule for bolt thread engagement

When bolting something like a flange or a dead/blind end to a port on a pressure vessel (lets say rated to 2 ATM), is there a good rule of thumb on how much of the threading should be engaged into the ...
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Alternatives to stainless steel staples

I have to mount a glass fibre woven mat onto a stainless steel foil and using staples seems to be the only way to do it. The environment is one where a large variety of solvent vapors will be ...
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What screw for 2.0 mm plastic hole in housing

I'm thinking about using the Bopla UM 32009 housing for my product. It has little standoffs for attaching PCBs. These standoffs are made of plastic, and seem to be drilled (or molded?) to a diameter ...
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Flat Head Machine Screws with Undersized Threads

I am in search of a flat head machine screws with an 82 degree countersink that have 1/4-20 UNC thread, but have a countersunk head that is characteristic of a 5/16-18 standard screw. That is, I want ...
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Is there a standard name for a flanged threaded tube?

I have designed a custom part that I need, but it is so simple I'm sure there must be off-the-shelf versions available. However I don't know what it's called to search for it. The image on the left ...