What Is Rivet Grip Length?

by Michael Signal; Updated March 16, 2018

Rivets join metals together in various applications, such as automotive, construction and aviation uses. Choosing the correct size of rivets is important to each application's integrity. Grip length, or grip range is among the most important dimensions for any rivet.


Grip range indicates the thickness of material that a rivet can reliably secure. Since all types of rivets deform at the rear when installed, the total length of the rivet is not used to hold materials.


Grip length determines if a rivet is capable of holding materials of a particular thickness. A rivet cannot be used to hold materials that measure in thickness greater than the rivet's grip length.


Blind rivets can be measured according to grip length but solid shank rivets are measured by total rivet shank length. Grip length is shorter than a rivet's total length.

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Michael Signal began writing professionally in 2010, with his work appearing on eHow. He has expert knowledge in aviation, computer hardware and software, elementary education and interpersonal communication. He has been an aircraft mechanic, business-to-business salesman and teacher. He holds a master's degree in education from Lesley University.

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