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What is Structural Blind Rivet ?

1. Definition

Normally a common blind rivet is comprised of two parts: a hat, the part that deforms and stays in the installation; a mandrel, the part that is pulled into the rivet. It’s worth mentioning that in case of the common blind rivet, the mandrel mighe move.

Compared with the common type , the structural blind rivet is designed with a locking mechanism to hold the mandrel in place.

 2. Types

Multi-Grip Blind Rivet:

Multi-Grip Blind Rivet is characterized by a long grip range the makes it versatile in a great variety of applications. In applications of joining materials of different thickness, the Multi-Grip Blind Rivet can be used instead of various common blind rivets of different sizes. This can also be used to join the curved or folded surfaces.

Hemlok Blind Rivet

Hemlok Blind Rivet is characterized by a large blind-side footprint for use, which makes it useful in fastening work with thin sheets or brittle materials. It’s very popular in steel or aluminum construction.

Monobolt Blind Rivet

Monobolt Blind Rivet is characterized by a fully sealed joint and visible lock. This design offers user safety and good performance in fastening. It’s an ideal option for applications that require one-sided access and high-strength fastening.

Interlock Blind Rivet

Like Monobolt Blind Rivet, the Interlock Blind Rivet also creates a fully sealed joint and high-strength fastening. However, the Monobolt Blind Rivet and the Interlock Blind Rivet use different types of tools. The Monobolt Blind Rivet requires a specific nose tip to install while the Interlock Blind Rivet has no specific requirement for tools.

3. Applications

Basically, the process of Structural Blind Rivet application is the following:

  1. Line up the two installation materials
  2. Choose the appropriate drill bit to match the diameter of the structural rivet
  3. Drill a hole through both materials
  4. Insert the rivet through both materials into the hole
  5. Attach a rivet installation tool onto the mandrel
  6. Activate the tool to draw the mandrel out towards the installation surface
  7. Once the mandrel snaps it is completely installed.