Hex nuts, or hex finish nuts, are the most common type of finish nut used. The hexagonal shape makes these nuts easy to grasp with a wrench or pliers. These nuts are often used with screws and bolts when mechanically joining materials together. They are installed on the opposite side of the materials being fastened. With the bolt head or machine screw head on the other side, they compress the materials together for a secure fit.
Aluminum is a strong, durable, easily formed, and lightweight metal that is excellent for use in fasteners where strength-to-weight properties are a major requirement. Aluminum has the best strength-to-weight ratio of any metal in common use and corrosion resistance on par with stainless steel.
What are hex nuts?
Hex nuts are hexagonal blocks of material, typically metal, with a hole punched through that is threaded. Hex nuts, or hex finish nuts, are the most common type of finish nut used. The hexagonal shape makes these nuts easy to grasp with a wrench or pliers. These nuts are often used with screws and bolts when mechanically joining materials together.
What is a hex nut used for?
Hex nuts are used alongside machine threaded fasteners to complete a secure assembly. The head of the screw or bolt clamps down on the material while the nut clamps down on the opposite side. This effectively "sandwiches" the assembly securely together.
How does a hex nut work?
Hex nuts work jointly with machine threaded fasteners such as bolts, anchors, and machine screws to effectively clamp down on both sides of the fastened material. The bolt and nut threading causes friction against each other, allowing a secure fit for general applications. A lock nut is used instead if the application would be subject to high amounts of vibration.
Which is correct aluminum or aluminium?
Both! The American Chemical Society (ACS) adopted aluminum in 1925, but The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) accepted aluminium as the international standard in 1990. So in North America it's aluminum and everywhere else its aluminium.
Is aluminium stronger than steel?
Steel is stronger than aluminium. Steel is also substantially heavier and is not as malleable or elastic as aluminum, which may be desirable in certain applications.
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