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BOLT PARTS

Bolt parts are the components that make up a bolt, which is a type of fastener commonly used to join two or more materials together. Bolts typically consist of several parts, each serving a specific function:

  1. Head: The head of the bolt is the enlarged, typically flat, surface at one end of the bolt. It provides a means for applying torque to tighten or loosen the bolt. The shape and type of head (e.g., hexagonal, square, round) can vary depending on the application.

  2. Threaded Shaft: The shaft of the bolt is the cylindrical portion between the head and the end. It contains external threads that engage with internal threads of a nut or a tapped hole in the material being fastened.

  3. Threaded End: The threaded end of the bolt refers to the portion of the shaft that contains the threads. The length of the threaded end may vary depending on the specific requirements of the application.

  4. Threaded Tip: The threaded tip is the end of the bolt opposite the head. It is also threaded and is used to engage with the mating threads of a nut or tapped hole.

  5. Thread Pitch: The thread pitch refers to the distance between adjacent threads on the bolt's shaft. It determines how tightly the bolt and nut will mesh together.

  6. Shank: The shank is the portion of the bolt's shaft that is not threaded. It provides support and stability to the bolt when it is installed.

  7. Shoulder: Some bolts may have a shoulder, which is an unthreaded portion of the shaft between the head and the threaded section. The shoulder may serve to provide a bearing surface or to limit the depth to which the bolt can be inserted.

  8. Washer: While not technically a part of the bolt itself, washers are often used in conjunction with bolts. They are flat, typically circular discs that are placed under the head of the bolt or under the nut to distribute the load and prevent damage to the mating surface.

Overall, bolt parts work together to create a secure and reliable fastening solution for a wide range of applications in construction, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and many other industries.

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