Not all jobs require complex options in fasteners. As a simple yet highly effective option in everything from general fabrication and manufacturing to bridge construction, the choice of the correct size and type of headed stud will be important.
The advantage to using a stud to a bolt is a factor of the ease of installation and use. A bolt is designed to go through two different materials and hold them together. Tightening the nut will require the installer to be able to access both the head of the bolt as well as the nut to allow for full tightening.
With the headed stud, there is only the need to access one side of the two components. This is because the head is welded in place on the other component, eliminating the need hold the stud in place. They are ideal for construction projects, building construction, shipbuilding or any other number of large projects.
Options to Consider
The headed stud comes in many different forms. It is often threaded, which allows the attached piece of material to simply slide over the thread and tighten into place. The specific type and size of thread can be customized to meet the needs of the project.
Shear connectors are a specialized type of headed stud that are unthreaded. They have an upset head and are used to connect load bearing steel beams, typically on bridge decks, to the concrete deck. As they do not fasten down, rather the heads form anchors in the concrete of the deck, there is no need to use a threaded option.
Various jobs may also call tapped, full base, reduced base and shoulder base types of studs, all which serve a particular purpose. There are also options to consider with regards to the stud metal alloy selected. The most common are stainless steel and aluminum, but they can also be made of other alloys such as Inconel and other specialized materials for demanding applications.
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