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Spring Essentials – The Quick and Easy Material Review

by | Apr 1, 2006 | Articles, Springs Magazine

When I was a coiling operator, I had no clue what the difference was in the materials I wound … and nobody told me much unless I asked. Whenever I needed to replace material, I had to consult engineering. I wish I’d had even a rudimentary understanding of spring steel in those days. Assuming some operators are in the same boat, let me break down some of the common materials.


One critical difference between chrome silicon and the other materials discussed in this article is its stress relieving. Because of chrome silicon’s high hardness, it needs to be stress relieved within four hours of coiling.

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