Merits of Using Rivets in Steel Construction

When we see a mega structure, standing tall in its full magnificence, we praise its beauty and splendor but do not spare a thought for the small but essential equipments, nut-bolt and the fasteners.

Most of you will be aware of the magnificence of the Eifel Tower; a 1,063 feet high tower built using 18,000 pieces of steel. And all the pieces joined together using 2.5 million thermally assembled rivets. The construction of Eifel Tower was completed in the year 1889. Comparing the complexity of the structure from the year of its building makes it a master art of steel construction. The 10,000 tons of steel held straight using rivets since 1889, gives us an idea of how effective riveted steel connections can be.

These play a pivotal role in providing the much needed holding strength to a structure. Every nut, bolt and fastener is not manufactured with the same technique because these elements are used from children toys to the manufacturing of planes.

Just like the Eifel tower in Paris, there are many structures of steel in the United Arab Emirates that has uses the famous Abu Dhabi bolts and Dubai Rivets.

Merits of Using Rivets in Steel ConstructionRivets are used for strengthening different types of steel structures and to provide stability in complex structures created using more than 10 pieces of steel. Rivets are a popular fastening method among workers in the steel construction industry. The advantages it provides for construction of bridges and cell-phone or an electrical tower makes it an advantageous fastener for steel construction.

Cost-Effective Option

Rivets are a cheap alternative to welding and metal adhesives. They save the cost of electricity that is required in large amounts for welding connections. The small size of the rivets allows transportation of larger quantities at once, thus cutting the cost of transportation.

Enhancement of Production Capability

Welding is a time consuming process, as it requires the making of both the pieces which are to be joint. It also takes a lot of equipment to weld together and finish it, leaving a lot of residue. This increases the production cost and decreases your productivity, whereas riveting a joint, takes much lesser equipment and there is negligible waste residue left after the joint has been riveted. This decreases production cost and increases the profits of production.

Customizable Abilities

Rivets are manufactured in different shapes and structures according to the needs of construction. They are available in different materials that are chosen by the engineers for their construction design. Oval-headed, brazier headed and tubular rivets are some common designs. The rivets can be painted or polished to match the main working structure. One can have different metal combinations for different pressures and thicknesses of the metal.

Can take the Load

Solid steel rivets can take the load of all kinds of weather as they are resistant to corrosion, moisture and even chemicals. Most of the rivets used in steel construction are made of galvanized steel, nickel, titanium and aluminum-based alloys, which increases the tolerance to high pressures and shear load. The anti-corrosive properties also add to the life of the parts that are joined together.

Can be Easily taken care of

Inspection and maintenance of riveted joints takes much lesser time than welded joints need a closer look to find out the wear and figure out the life of the joints. If a welding has worn off, the equipment has to be installed all over again and the welding process continues, whereas rivets do not require a finer inspection and the worn rivet can be easily reinstalled with minimum fuss, using a hydraulic riveting machine or a simple hammer.


All the fasteners are small in size and stature but their role is of utmost importance. If one needs, high quality fastening elements in the Middle-East, Dufast Building Fasteners is a one- stop shop for all your fastening requirements.

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