retaining ring wire circlips feature a uniform, constant section. This means that the material used to make the ring is the same width at any point along the circumference of the ring. These cost less than tapered and spiral retaining rings and provide only three point contact with the groove.
In hydraulic systems, retaining ring wire circlips are most commonly used in cylinders, especially for securing packing in the cylinder. Retaining rings replace machined “steps” to hold packing. Additionally, retaining rings can also be found in hydraulic couplers, hydraulic pumps, and other hydraulic components that require a secure fastening.
In pneumatic systems, they can be found in actuators, compressors, couplers, etc. to help secure components as needed.
Standard materials for retaining rings include carbon steel, carbon spring steel, 302 stainless steel and 316 stainless steel. Other available materials include phosphor bronze, beryllium copper, Inconel, Elgiloy, Hastelloy, and others.
The most important detail to know when choosing a retaining ring for your application is knowing whether the groove of the retaining ring is on the shaft (outside) or in the hole (inside), and then specifying the diameter of that shaft or hole. Also, if the ring will be subjected to axial thrust loads, the ring specification will need to be checked to determine if a light, medium or heavy duty ring is required. Finally, the material needs to be selected based on the type of corrosive medium that the ring will withstand.
Whether designed for light, medium or heavy duty, retaining ring wire circlips provide unmatched strength, performance and stability.
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