The project purpose is to design a device that allows one person to rivet large pieces of sheet metal. When riveting, the operator must hold both the riveting gun and the bucking bar at the correct distance from the work piece, with the forces in the axis of the rivet. Two people are needed if the work piece is too large for the operator to hold both the riveting gun and the bucking bar simultaneously. The Riveting Helper device will allow one person to rivet large pieces. This will be accomplished by having the Rivet Helper hold a bucking bar assembly in place while the riveter operates the riveting gun on the other side of the pieces being riveted. This device will be of practical size and accommodate rivet sizes between 1/16 in. and 5/32 in. The device will also notify the operator when to stop riveting based on the diameter of the rivet being used at a specific time. A prototype will be manufactured for a cost no greater than $750 (see Appendix B). The Riveting Helper can be broken down into three major design components, the bucking bar holder, the frame or positioning system, and the base. Current design paths will be discussed, followed by a description of future considerations and experiments, which will lead us toward a design that satisfies the specified criteria.
rivet device, riveting gun
Northeastern University, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Gauthier, Robert; Goddard, Aric; Jensen, Jonathan; Phan, Chinh; and Ryan, Peter, "The Riveting Helper" (2007). Capstone Design Program: Mechanical Engineering. Paper 102. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d10011675
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