Nuts and bolts are both common fastener types for countless assemblies, allowing for components to be clamped between the tightened fasteners to secure them in place. As threaded fasteners that mate together, the bolt is passed through preformed holes while the nut is tightened onto the tail-end of the bolt to maintain an assembly. Whether one is using anchor bolts, carriage bolt parts, or other variations, one may notice that a majority of bolts and nuts feature a hexagonal shape. While this may be attributed to a degree of standardization, such shapes also promote an ease of installation.

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For the conjoining and securing of aircraft hardware parts and structures together, aircraft rivets and fasteners are used. Aircraft fasteners are simply hardware devices that are used to join two or more components together in a secure fashion, either permanently or non-permanently. There are multiple types of fasteners, such as rivets, pins, screws, nuts, bolts, washers, nails, and more. Rivets are a type of permanent fastener that consist of a cylindrical shaft that feature a head on one side and a tail on the other. For installation, a rivet is passed through the hole of the object it is to fasten, and then the tail is deformed as to form a second head on the other side, securing the components together. In this blog, we will discuss the various types and uses of rivets that are used within the aerospace industry.

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