There are several hundred kinds of compression springs on the market today, and as technology evolves, so does the shape, size, and use of springs. Compression springs are one of the popular types of springs, but they too are divided in several categories.
Compression springs: manufacturing and shape considerations
Depending on their use, compressions springs are manufactured from different materials, they come in different sizes, and their edges may differ a bit from project to project. However, there is one thing that always remains the same, and that is their helical shape. Generally, the compression springs are manufactured from steel, but they can be manufactured from any type of material that is able to provide the compression springs with the right rigidity and elasticity.
Did you know that… a wooden bow is also considered a compression spring? Even though it is made from wood and does not have a helix shape, the fact that it is both rigid and elastic at the same time makes it a compression spring.
What are the most common uses of compression springs?
Professionals are not the only ones who can benefit from the use of compression springs. If you are a handyman at home, you will find a great friend in compression springs. Here are some of the most common uses of compression springs:
- They are found in mattresses
- They are used to create trampolines
- They are great shock absorbers, and therefore make a great addition to pogo sticks
- The right size and resistance makes them perfect for earthquake resistant foundations
These are the four situations in which people use compression springs, but the list doesn’t stop here. Probably THE most common industry for compression springs is the automotive industry. Aerospace industry also benefits a lot from these helix springs.
Have a look around you… can you spot other places or objects where compression springs are used? What about household items?