Common Barrel Spring Uses

Posted on March 16, 2020 by IDC Spring

Among the many springs produced by IDC Spring are high-quality barrel springs. If you are not familiar with barrel springs, you may wonder, what are the most common uses for barrel springs? Here is our guide to all the information you need to know about barrel springs.

What Is a Barrel Spring?

What distinguishes barrel springs from other springs is the unique barrel design. Barrel springs are compression springs, so they store energy when compressed and release energy when they extend. Unlike ordinary compression springs, which are uniform from top to bottom, barrel springs are wider in the middle. The middle diameter is noticeably larger than the top and bottom diameter, giving the spring an overall barrel shape.

With this shape, the barrel spring saves space. These springs have a reduced height when compressed compared to ordinary compression springs. Barrel springs also use their unique shape to prevent buckling. Normal compression springs may bow or buckle when they are subjected to more pressure than they can absorb. Because the load is more evenly distributed across a barrel spring, it can stand up to the extra pressure without buckling.

What Are Barrel Springs Commonly Used For?

Barrel springs are used across a wide range of industries, including agriculture and farming equipment, aerospace and defense, automotive, marine systems and more. You may also see barrel springs in toys, furniture and certain medical devices. Any situation where you need compression springs — but where they will not fit in your application or the risk of buckling due to excessive stress is greater than normal — may call for barrel springs.

Not sure whether barrel springs are appropriate for your applications? Contact IDC Spring and one of our spring experts will be happy to advise you on the correct springs for your needs.

Why Choose IDC Spring for Barrel Springs?

At IDC Spring, we are well-known for producing a wide variety of reliable, dependable mechanical springs, such as torsion springs, extension springs and all types of compression springs, including barrel springs.

We offer springs in many sizes and use a range of sturdy materials, such as high carbon steel, stainless steel and galvanized steel. Companies all over the United States rely on our springs, including 17 of the top 25 manufacturers in our industry. When you order barrel springs from IDC Spring, you can be confident that you are getting a high-quality product that works and will last. We have multiple locations and can offer fast and convenient shipping to just about anywhere in the country.

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For more information or to request a quote, contact IDC Spring to learn about what barrel springs can do for your business.