Types of rivets

Solid rivets

Solid rivets are one of the oldest and most reliable types of fasteners. Solid rivets consist simply of a shaft and head which are deformed with a hammer or rivet gun. The use of a rivet compression or crimping tool can also be used to deform this type of rivet; this tool is mainly used on rivets close to the edge of the fastened material, since the tool is limited by the depth of its frame.
The setting of these fasteners requires access to both sides of a structure. Solid rivets are driven using a hydraulically, pneumatically, or electromagnetically driven squeezing tool or even a handheld hammer.

Blind rivets

Blind rivets, commonly referred to as pop rivets, are tubular and are supplied with a mandrel through the center. The rivet assembly is inserted into a hole drilled through the parts to be joined and a specially designed tool is used to draw the mandrel into the rivet.
Unlike solid rivets, blind rivets can be inserted and fully installed in a joint from only one side of a part or structure, "blind" to the opposite side.


Description: "Zenair" proven riveting method

Description: Textron's Avdel AVEX Blind Rivet




Types of riveted joints

Types or riveted joints

Butt Joint

Lap Joint

Single shear butt joint

Double row, single shear lap joint

Description: Single shear butt joint

Description: Single shear lap joint

Double shear butt joint

Double row, double shear lap joint

Description: Double shear butt joint

Description: Double shear butt joint


Lap joint:     A joint formed when two surfaces overlap one another. Lap joints provide more stress resistance than butt joints.

Butt joint:     A joint formed by two surfaces that meet without overlap or complex intersection. Butt joints are often combined with other joint designs.