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Structural Steel Fasteners

2.1 Introduction

One of the important aspects of steel structures is the joining of various members of a structure so that they act as an integral unit. The different techniques used to join steel members are riveting, welding and bolting. Riveting is the age-old practice of connecting metal parts which has been, to a large extent, replaced by welding and bolting. Except for a very brief note on riveting in this chapter, it is not further considered in this textbook.

2.2 Riveting

A rivet is a ductile steel pin with a manufactured head at one end and a straight portion known as shank (Figure 2.1(a)). Riveting is the process of the driving of rivets into the holes made in the metal parts so that the metal parts are ...

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