A garter spring is quite same as regular spring, but unlike the regular spring it’s both ends are connected giving it a circular shape. They are made up of carbon and stainless steel, thus they do exert solid pressure. The two basic type of garter spring, compression springs and the extension spring both exert circular force, compression springs exert outward force while the extension springs exert inward force. This ability of exerting force make them best option for sealing and are also used as electric connector.
There are two basic types of garter springs namely the compression and the extension spring, if you want to understand the working of these two springs than keep on reading the article:
Compression springs are the circular shaped springs that are made up of thick steel and large coils; they can produce an outward force from the center of the spring. They possess potential energy when they are compressed, and when they are relaxed they produce kinetic energy, as they have to handle high load. These springs are covered with a circular rubber material so that they would maintain their own shape, so when you squeeze the spring its size shrinks and then when external force is reduced the spring gets back its original size and shape with force.
Unlike other springs, extension springs exert force inward. When extended they have potential energy and to relax they try to move inward, that is when they produce force. The inward movement of the spring is possible because of the thin wire and the number of coils it has. An extension spring has many coils that are very close to each other and it’s because of its structure that they show such unusual movement. This ability to contract quickly makes them most suitable option for liquid and gas containers. Since they exert force inward, they must be placed outside a circular object so that they would close the opening.
The Manufacturing of the Garter Springs:
The manufacturing process of garter springs is very simple; it’s a four step process which needs to be followed and the basic steps of making garter springs are:
Cut and coil:
The first step is of the cutting and coiling of the steel wire, just like a normal spring the steel wire is cut and coiled. The number of coils can determine whether it would be a compression or the extension spring. The thickness of the wire will determine the strength of the spring.
Join the ends:
To get the garter spring shape, both the ends of the spring must be attached to each other.
Once the springs are attached, you must heat them in oven so that they would function fine.
Once the springs are ready, you need to cover them with rubber covering for proper functioning.
Drake has been working with steel companies; he says one should buy steel springs very carefully, as chances are that you might just buy bad quality springs as it is very difficult to judge the quality of any spring.