A rivet is a permanent mechanical fastener best suited for supporting shear loads. The most common type is called a blind rivet (Pop or open-end), and is used to join materials when you only have access to one side. They consist of a rivet and a mandrel, and require a setting tool for installation. Domed heads are suitable for most applications and provide a low profile and clean, finished appearance. Wide domed heads provide a larger head for extra holding strength for over-sized holes or soft, thin materials. Countersunk blind options have an angled head and sit flush when installed.
Rivet Material & Corrosive Resistance
Stainless steel rivets and mandrels may be mildly magnetic and offer superior corrosion resistance.
Aluminum rivets and mandrels are non-magnetic and corrosion resistant, along with having the lowest tensile and shear values. They should be used only when fastening materials with similar properties.
Zinc plated rivets with steel mandrels have good rust resistance. The steel/steel style gives this rivet greater tensile and shear values compared to all aluminum varieties. These should be used when fastening materials similar to carbon steel.
Aluminum rivets with steel mandrels are corrosion resistant and non-magnetic. The steel mandrel gives this style rivet greater tensile strength and shear values than aluminum rivets with aluminum mandrels.
AFT carries a large variety of fasteners, though only a few are displayed on the site. Additional styles include: full and semi-tubular, solid, drive pin, and multi-grip rivets. If you can’t find the exact fastener you need for your application, please contact us today to request a quote.