All About Rivets
One of the oldest forms of fasteners for metal that is still being used today. This humble rivet has been seen in service through the entire World war in its construction of boats and airplanes, yet until this moment no modern replacement has been made.
Originally the rivets are being used in making ships and other big bridges, they are put together using a hot rivets, this is where the rivet is being heated until red and then placed in the hole to join the two iron together.
It was then held in pace by the man with a metal tongues while other hit the other end of the rivet to Blind each hole. Then having it cooled down with the rivet that can contract, pulling the two together while its joined together.
Because of the heat and the hammering, this was a very dangerous process, it was not without complication as to how to get the hot rivers to where they needed while it is hot. An early example of this is the black and white pictures of men in the year 1900s making skyscrapers in New York and it can be very easy in making a hot rivet. These days the majority of those rivers that are used are cold rivets that are all small in size, as ships have steel hulls welded together for more strength and even a much faster construction.
These days the majority of the rivets are using Cold rivets that are all small in size as ships have the steel hulls that are welded together for a much stronger strength and faster construction. The bridges are now joined together with fasteners and not riveted. The modern cold rivets are now easily used by the home DIY person , you can purchase a pop riveting kit just about any DIY store.
These pop rivets are placed in the hole that you must go through and the gun is attached using the moderate pressure the rivets will tighten and the riveting gun crops off the excess part of the rivet. These kind of rivets are now used in the aircraft industry to both home built aircraft kits as well as Boeing 747s, the principle is identical for both as the problem is the same too.
How can one fasten two pieces of curved aluminum? You can not weld an aluminum enough to even make it sustainable and strong enough, and thus we rely on rivets as a fastener to even hold each piece together. This shows that rivets are proven to be useful and timeless fastener. Imagine how life would be without those rivets.