How are Springs and Pressings Used in the Energy Sector?
Our durable spring designs are adaptable for use in any industry. Areas such as the electric, electronic, motor, offshore, pharmaceutical and telecommunication sectors rely on our springs and pressings in a significant way.
Within the energy sector, our springs can be applied to a variety of uses within thermal, elastic, radiant and nuclear energy, as well as electrical, chemical, motion, sound and gravitational.
In this blog, we take a closer look at some of the most common uses of springs in the energy sector specifically electronics and electricity.
Power, Energy and Renewables
We’re proud to supply our high-quality springs and wireforms throughout the energy sector, for application with gas, electricity, wind, solar and nuclear.
Our standard catalogues (PDF) and stocks are well-equipped with over 700 products to meet a variety of common needs, but when a more personal touch is needed we can also design and subsequently manufacture springs that are directly in accordance with your custom requirements.
Springs in Electronics
From the newest smart TV’s to the greatest VR headset, springs are a vital part of the device as most products rely on springs to operate.
For example, when your mobile phone is on vibrate mode, the small motor which makes the phone vibrate has a tiny (but very important) spring inside which helps it do its job. Any button or compartment which pops out, clicks or pushes in, will most likely have a spring to help it move. Wire forms can also be found inside your phone’s mechanisms, whether it be clipping parts together, decorative panelling or contact clips – they are all important!
Torsion Springs for Storing Energy
Torsion springs work by storing energy through being twisted, which creates torque. This mechanical energy can then be stored and released on demand. The impressive part about torsion springs is the fact they release the same amount of energy that was put in.
The formula goes, ‘Torque = Force x Leg Length’ and can be applied to torsion springs of any size. Their helical design allows them to exert rotary force, which is ideal when there is a need for an angular movement, with the legs of the spring attached to other components.
Leonardo Da Vinci was famous for his hidden inventions, and in 1478 at the age of 26, he created what is considered by many to be the first automobile using a combination of torsion springs. It was even more impressive that Da Vinci’s mini-car did not simply move forward on its own; it also had steering capabilities.
The Importance of Spring Durability
A spring’s ability to not lose force or shorten under a given force is what relates to its durability. To make sure that a spring is durable, the material’s stress cannot be greater than the strength permitted by the material.
When metal has a load applied to it, it has to deflect elastically first and then plastically if the load is high enough. After the metal returns to its previous shape after unloading, elastic deflection occurs.
Plastic deflection involves a permanent deformation in which the metal is unable to return to its previous shape. In durable springs, the elastic part of the deformation is utilised to receive the deflection. The stress and temperature also play a key part in the durability of a spring, alongside relaxation/creep and fatigue.
High Quality Compression Spring Manufacturers
Our compression springs are produced in a range of different materials, from Spring or Stainless Steels, through to non-ferrous metals such as Phosphor Bronze and Beryllium Copper, to Super alloys like Inconel, Hastelloy and Nimonic.
Being one of the leading compression spring manufacturers in the UK, we take great pride in ensuring that we are capable of meeting our client’s requirements. Whether you’re looking for a specific body size, force, length or pitch or wire diameter, we can provide you with a range of spring dimensions from 0.1-65 millimetres for your individual use. All of our compression springs are quality assured and comply to ISO:9001 standards.
With over 70 years’ experience as a spring manufacturer, we have the expertise to create a whole host of springs perfect for any application within any industry. If you would like any more information about any of the services or products that we provide, please feel free to get in touch with the expert team here at European Springs.