Wave washers are a fastener accessory used to create a small gap between two surfaces. They get their name from their wave-like shape, which creates a spring force. That’s what makes them excellent shock absorbers.
Wave washers are also known as coiled wave springs or wave springs. But what exactly do they do, and how are they used? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at wave washers and explain everything you need to know about them.
How do Wave Washers Work?
Wave washers work by applying tension or storing energy when under force. When installed between two surfaces, they help prevent the assembly’s disintegration due to vibration or another movement.
The wave-like shape of the washer provides 3, 4, or 6 contact that allows for a small amount of deflection. The result is a greater load-bearing capacity in a compact space. Wave washers also help offset tolerance deviation and prevent loosening due to movements and vibration.
The washers experience axial strain due to load placement, and the material will try to return to its free state. This spring-like action makes wave washers ideal for shock absorption. Additionally, wave washers can act as shims to level machinery or other equipment.
Types of Wave Washers
At Minneapolis Washer and Stamping, we provide different types of wave washers to meet the unique needs of our customers. They include:
- Interlaced wave springs
- Nested wave springs
- Crest-to-crest wave springs
- Single turn wave springs
Wave Washers Application
Wave washers have a wide range of applications. At Minneapolis Washer and Stamping, we’ve produced wave washers for use in the following industries:
Some of the most common applications for wave washers include:
- Retaining rings
- Lock washers
Wave Washers Material and Dimensions
At Minneapolis Washer and Stamping, we can produce wave washers from various materials. The most common include:
- Spring steel
- Stainless steel
- Nickel base alloy
- Copper base alloy
We also provide different sizes and thicknesses of wave washers to cater to every project. And since we’re a custom manufacturer, we can produce wave washers to your specific size and material requirements. We at Minneapolis Washer and Stamping can create a custom fit for your needs by varying the dimensions and thickness.
Wave washers can differentiate between a functioning assembly and a complete disaster. Choosing the right wave washer for your application is essential to avoid the latter.
At Minneapolis Washer and Stamping, we have over 80 years of experience in manufacturing. Contact us today, and we’ll help you find the perfect wave washer for your needs. We proudly serve US with our industry-leading quality and service.
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