What Do Rivets Do?

A rivet is a permanent mechanical fastener that is designed to bind two or more layers of industrial materials together. The materials that are going to be fastened together come with predrilled holes through which the rivet is run to permanently bind all of the materials together.

How Do Rivets Work?

Rivets consists of a shaft with a head on one end. The other end, which doesn't have a head is called the buck-tail. When the rivet is placed in a hole that has been predrilled, the buck-tail end is "deformed," allowing it to expand and seal the hole. The buck-tail is designed to expand to approximately 1.5 times its original size, allowing the rivet to be held in place.

In order to distinguish between the two different ends of a rivet, the original head is always referred to as the factory head whereas the end that becomes deformed is always referred to either as a buck-tail head or a shop head.

Rivets are popular fasteners in a variety of different applications including boat building, sky scraper development and any other application requiring large-scale iron frameworks during the construction process.