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Spring Design Information

Definition: A spring is a device for storing energy.

There are a variety of ways to store energy for any given application and an entire world of opportunities when using a spring. The basic methods of energy storage in springs are compression, extension and torsion.

The primary consideration for spring design is usually diameter, length and rate.

But don't forget these vital spring design factors

  • Working envelope
  • Material
  • Elastic modulus
  • Wire hardness
  • Coiling direction
  • Stress
  • Cycles
  • Initial Tension
  • Solid Height
  • Hysteresis
  • Buckling
  • Magnetic characteristics
  • Heat Treatment (thermal processing)
  • Corrosion
  • Temperature

They can significantly affect the life of your product.

For more information visit our Reference Materials and Basic Design Formulas pages.