Monday, 19 January 2015

Adaptation (A): The Steel Rivet

"How the Steel Rivet Changed the World"

My infographic will be focusing on Steel Rivets that are used to create large constructions. I will also be including facts (in the background) about how many were used etc, as well as s brief underlining process on how they are made.

  • Archaeologists have found rivet technology going back some 3000 years. But have only been industrially used since the bronze age.

  • Steel rivets were placed in the furnace and heated to a glowing white heat as the hotter the temperature the more plastic and easily deformed is the rivet. 

  • The rivet warmer or heater or "cook" used tongs to individually remove rivets and throw them to a catcher stationed near the joints to be riveted.

  • The catcher (usually) caught the rivet in a leather or wooden bucket with an ash-lined bottom, placed the glowing hot rivet into the hole to be riveted, and then quickly turned around to await the next rivet.

  • The "holder up or holder on" would then hold a heavy rivet set or dolly or another (larger) pneumatic jack against the round head of the rivet, while the riveter applied a pneumatic rivet hammer to the unformed head, making it mushroom tightly against the joint in its final domed shape.

  • Before the use of pneumatic hammers, the man who hammered the rivet was known as the "basher". Upon cooling, the rivet contracted and exerted further force, tightening the joint.

-- How they are attached.
-- Show disperse of rivets into how many were made to create a certain 'thing'.

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