Tuesday, October 09, 2012

A Different Ring

What are retaining rings? Are they meant the different kinds of rings like the engagement and wedding rings that are worn by lovers and couples to keep them in a binding covenant to stay together? Well, the answer is definitely a NO although there is a similar purpose in using them. While engagement rings and wedding rings are used to bind the couple in a covenant of union, the retaining rings are used to fasten and hold together the components or assemblies onto a shaft or in a housing/bore when installed in a groove. I see some of these rings being used in automotive shops for the automobile spare parts and assemblies.

There are different types of retaining rings depending on the specific assembly or components where they are used. There are axially assembled retaining rings, inverted retaining rings, beveled retaining rings, radially assembled, self-locking, constant section and spiral retaining rings.