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Are you looking for detailed information about fasteners and fastening? We've listed a few popular reference books and publications below (click on a title in the list to see more information about the item). To order, contact your favorite bookseller or the publisher and be sure to check for new editions.

Inch Fastener Standards, 9th EditionFastener Technology HandbookMechanical Fastening and JoiningTorque Book for FastenersMachinery's Handbook, 30th Edition

Inch Fastener Standards, 9th EditionInch Fastener Standards, 9th Edition
Publisher: Industrial Fasteners Institute
2014, Hardcover, 1155 pages

From the publisher: "The 9th Edition has over 80 of the most commonly used inch fastener standards. Of the 99 8th Edition fastener standards, 48 have been revised and updated in the 9th Edition. This 1155 page book is the latest of the IFI Standards Book referred to by industry as the 'Bible of the Fastener Industry' since the 1950s. This is a 'must have' for all companies that buy, sell, or install mechanical fasteners made to the inch standards."
Fastener Technology Handbook, First EditionFastener Technology Handbook, First Edition
Publisher: Industrial Fasteners Institute
2010, Hardcover, 313 pages

From the publisher: "This is a 313 page book containing comprehensive, basic, and insightful information into fastener technology and fastener industry history. This is an informative, educational resource and NOT a book of standards. This is a great book for educating fastener suppliers, as well as, end users. This should be in every technical library."
     SECTIONS: The Heritage of Mechanical Fasteners • Screw Thread Technology - Inch and Metric • Selecting Fastener Materials • Bolt and Nut Compatibility • Corrosion • Platings and Coatings • Commentary on Nuts • Commentary on High Strength Structural Bolting • An Introduction to Locking Fasteners • An Introduction to Small Screws • Introductory Notes - Fastener Quality Assurance • Weights of Products • Standards and Specifications • Design of Bolted Joints - An Introduction • Designing Special Formed Parts • An Introduction to Rivets • An Introduction to Pins and Washers • Rules for the Use of SI Units Applicable to Metric Mechanical Fasteners • Fastener Terminology.
Mechanical Fastening and JoiningMechanical Fastening and Joining
By Bengt Blendulf
Publisher: Industrial Fasteners Institute
2012, Hardcover, 218 pages

From the publisher: "This book is a MUST HAVE for joint designers, fastener users, and fastener suppliers. Bengt Blendulf has been an international fastener expert, educator, and consultant since the 1970s. This book is a compilation of articles he has published over the past 30 years on fastener technology and joint design. His two day intensive training classes on fastener technology have been attended by thousands."
Torque Book for FastenersTorque Book for Fasteners
Publisher: Industrial Fasteners Institute

From the publisher: "This book is the first resource that pulls together all of the engineering data needed to calculate a tightening torque for all types of inch and metric fasteners in a single document. The book starts out by explaining the classic torque calculation formula. It then provides all of the engineering data tables containing the variables related to K factors, thread sizes, and fastener yield strengths needed for calculating torque. The book also contains sections on what to do to prevent stainless steel galling, values for tightening tapping screws, values for tightening set screws, an explanation on how to perform tests on completed assemblies to determine what torque was used to tighten the bolts originally, and much more insightful and helpful information on fastener tightening."
Design of Mechanical JointsDesign of Mechanical Joints
By A. Blake
Publisher: CRC Press
2018, Hardcover, 562 pages

From the publisher: "A cornerstone publication that covers the basic principles and practical considerations of design methodology for joints held by rivets, bolts, weld seams, and adhesive materials, Design of Mechanical Joints gives engineers the practical results and formulas they need for the preliminary design of mechanical joints, combining the essential topics of joint mechanics...strength of materials...and fracture control to provide a complete treatment of problems pertinent to the field of mechanical connections."
Fastener Design ManualFastener Design Manual
By Richard T. Barrett
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
1990, PDF Download (Free), 98 pages

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From the publisher: "This manual was written for design engineers to enable them to choose appropriate fasteners for their designs. Subject matter includes fastener material selection, platings, lubricants, corrosion, locking methods, washers, inserts, thread types and classes, fatigue loading, and fastener torque. A section on design criteria covers the derivation of torque formulas, loads on a fastener group, combining simultaneous shear and tension loads, pullout load for tapped holes, grip length, head styles, and fastener strengths. The second half of this manual presents general guidelines and selection criteria for rivets and lockbolts."
Fastener Safety - How to Keep Things TightFastener Safety - How to Keep Things Tight
By Guy T. Avellon
Publisher: GT Technical Consultants, Ltd.
Paperback, 208 pages

From the publisher: "A guide for understanding how threaded fasteners work, what happens in a maintenance repaired joint, the many ways fasteners may fail, assembly techniques and how to prevent failures. To be used by maintenance personnel, buyers, engineers and all end users."
     SECTIONS: The Manufacturing Process • Threads • Identification of Fasteners • Strength Performance and Failure • Torque and Assembly • Tightening Procedures • Wheel Studs and Lug Nuts • Vibration • Metrics • ASTM and SAE Standards • Socket Head Cap Screws • Thread Nicks: Manufacturing vs. MRO • Procurement of Maintenance Fasteners • Special Applications • Nonferrous Materials • Fast Fastener Facts • Fastener Related Definitions.
Guide to Threads, Threading and Threaded FastenersGuide to Threads, Threading and Threaded Fasteners
By Modern Machine Shop
Publisher: Hanser Publications
2004, Hardcover, 596 pages

From the publisher: "This essential reference book features in-depth coverage of all aspects of thread systems, threading methods, and threaded fasteners and their capabilities. Special attention has been given to the wide variety of available machining operations and tools exploited in the creation of threaded fasteners, including unusually detailed coverage of methods to determine the ideal hole diameter for tapping operations. A chapter is devoted to aircraft fasteners (including rivets) that are used in a wide spectrum of industries."
     CONTENTS: Thread Systems • Tightening and Tensioning Threaded Fasteners • Threading Operations • Threaded Fasteners • Aircraft Hardware • Thread Measurement • Fasteners for Wood • Definitions • Conversions Factors for Commonly Used Units of Measure • Index.
Guide to World Screw ThreadsGuide to World Screw Threads
By P.A. Sidders
Publisher: Industrial Press, Inc.
1969, Hardcover, 318 pages

From the publisher: "OVERVIEW: An excellent overview of all standards for users and producers of fasteners and equipment designers who must specify fasteners. FEATURES: Provides encyclopedic coverage of the different types of threads standardized throughout the world. It includes: Unified and American thread series; American translational and American pipe threads; British threads of Whitworth and non-Whitworth forms; ISO metric threads; French automobile; German and Swiss metric threads."
Handbook of Bolts and Bolted JointsHandbook of Bolts and Bolted Joints
Edited by: John H. Bickford, Sayed Nassar
Publisher: CRC Press
1998, Hardcover, 928 pages

From the publisher: "DESCRIPTION: Presents time-tested standard as well as reliable emerging knowledge on threaded fasteners and joints—showing engineers how to select parts and materials, predict behavior, control assembly processes, and solve on-the-job problems. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Material Properties and Selection • Processing of Fasteners • Threaded Fasteners • Design and Analysis of Bolted Joints • Assembly of Bolted Joints • The Joint in Service • Testing and Inspection of Bolts and Joints • Education and Training • Fastening Technology Education."
Hardness Testing, 2nd EditionHardness Testing, 2nd Edition
Edited by Harry Chandler
Publisher: ASM International
1999, Hardcover, 192 pages

From the publisher: "This basic book provides a comprehensive overview of hardness testing, including the various methods and equipment used, testing applications, and the selection of testing methods. The revised and updated second edition features expanded information on microhardness testing, specialized hardness tests, and hardness testing standards."
Hydrogen Embrittlement: Prevention and ControlHydrogen Embrittlement: Prevention and Control
Editor: L Raymond
Publisher: ASTM International
1988, Hardcover, 444 pages

From the publisher: "Papers cover all aspects of preventing of controlling hydrogen embrittlement, including the making of alloys, part fabrication, finishing, in-service performance testing, and testing actual hardware for quality assurance. This book focuses on the use and interpretation of standardized tests relative to hydrogen embrittlement, as well as on new and advanced techniques."
Industrial Fasteners HandbookIndustrial Fasteners Handbook
Publisher: IPT Publishing & Training Ltd.
1989, Paperback, 489 pages

From the publisher: "IPT's Industrial Fasteners Handbook and Training Manual are essential reference guides for engineers, draftsmen, supervisors, journeymen and apprentices of all steel-related industries. Aerospace, refining, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, shipyard, construction and fabrication industries all benefit from the information contained within almost 500 detailed pages."
     "The IPT Fasteners Handbook and Training Manual are both a program to teach correct fastening methods in industrial schools and colleges, as well as a comprehensive on-site reference for seasoned professionals. Bolting and security system topics range from materials and strengths to threaded and non-threaded fasteners, to adhesives, anchoring systems and more. As with every IPT book, it's all here!" (Note: Only the Handbook is shown.)
Influence of Thread Geometry on Fastener PerformanceInfluence of Thread Geometry on Fastener Performance
Publisher: Industrial Fasteners Institute

From the publisher: "In-depth report recommends that FED-STD-H28/20B and MIL-S-8879C be phased out in favor of ASME B1.3M as the USA national standard. Also, this report recommends that error propagation during a sequence of gage calibrations and variations in thread inspections using indicating gages from different gage makers be addressed."
Introduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints, Non-Gasketed Joints, Fourth EditionIntroduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints, Non-Gasketed Joints, Fourth Edition
By John H. Bickford
Publisher: CRC Press
2007, Hardcover, 564 pages

From the publisher: "Redesigned for increased accessibility, this fourth edition of the bestselling Introduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints has been divided into two separate but complementary volumes. Each volume contains the basic information useful to bolting experts in any industry, but because the two volumes are more clearly focused, they are easier and more efficient to use. The first volume, Non-Gasketed Joints, describes the design, behavior, misbehavior, failure modes, and analysis of the bolts and bolted joints that play a large, even ubiquitous, role in the myriad machines and structures that form our world."
     "The author elucidates why proper bolt tension - often called preload - is critical to the safety and reliability of an assembled joint. He introduces many ways to create that preload as well as ways to measure or inspect for it, then covers how to design joints that are less apt to misbehave or fail, using the guidelines, procedures, and simple algebraic mathematics included in the text. The book provides numerous tables, charts, graphs, and appendices, giving you all the information and data required to design and use non-gasketed bolted joints. Now leaner and meaner, this new edition is better suited for classrooms as well as the practicing engineer."
Machinery's Handbook, 30th EditionMachinery's Handbook, 30th Edition
By Oberg, Jones, Horton, Ryffel and McCauley
Publisher: Industrial Press, Inc.
2016, Hardcover & CD, 2896 pages

The Machinery's Handbook includes several excellent chapters relating to fasteners, materials and platings. From the publisher: "For more than 100 years, Machinery's Handbook has been the most popular reference work in metalworking, design, engineering and manufacturing facilities, and technical schools and colleges throughout the world. It is universally acknowledged as an extraordinarily authoritative, comprehensive, and practical tool, providing its users with the most fundamental and essential aspects of sophisticated manufacturing practice. The 30th edition of the 'Bible of the Metalworking Industries' contains major revisions of existing content, as well as new material on a variety of topics. It is the essential reference for mechanical, manufacturing, and industrial engineers, designers, draftsmen, toolmakers, machinists, engineering and technology students, and the serious home hobbyist."
     "New in the 30th Edition – Expanded metrology section including v-blocks and micrometer, vernier, and dial calipers. • New fluid power section covering pneumatic, hydraulic, and vacuum theory and applications. • New powder metallurgy section, including additive manufacturing. • Even more useful specs, including tap drill sizes for Unified threads, reaming allowances for drilling, standard mesh and grit sizes, rules for figuring tapers, and assembly with pins and studs. • Includes recently added information on sheet metal and presses, keys and keyways, shaft alignment, taps and tapping, helical coil screw thread inserts, metric screw threads, miniature screws, fluid mechanics, solid geometry, statistics, calculating hole coordinates and thread dimensions, and distinguishing between bolts and screws."
     TABLE OF CONTENTS: Mathematics Mechanics and Strength of Materials • Properties, Treatment, and Testing of Materials • Dimensioning, Gaging, and Measuring • Tooling and Toolmaking • Machining Operations • Manufacturing Processes • Fasteners • Threads and Threading • Gears, Splines, and Cams • Machine Elements • Measuring Units • Index.
McGraw-Hill Machining and Metalworking Handbook, Third EditionMcGraw-Hill Machining and Metalworking Handbook, Third Edition
By Denis Cormier
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
2005, Hardcover & eBook, 1006 pages

The McGraw-Hill Machining and Metalworking Handbook, Third Edition, includes a comprehensive chapter dedicated to fastening: Fastening and Joining Techniques and Hardware. Therein lies details about Bolts, Screws, Nuts, and Washers; Thread Systems: American Standard and Metric (60° V); Rivets; Pins; Retaining Rings; Set-Collars, Clamp-Collars, and Split-Collars; Machinery Bushings, Shims, and Arbor Spacers; Speciality Fasteners; Welding, Brazing, and Soldering; and Adhesive Bonding.
     From the publisher: "Since 1991, the McGraw-Hill Machining and Metalworking Handbook has been an essential source of information for machine designers and machinists alike. Covering a wide variety of subjects, ranging from machine tooling to die making, it is the only professional reference to encompass both machining and metalworking. This updated and expanded Third Edition is the most comprehensive compendium of design data and calculations procedures available."
     "Arranged in a user-friendly format, the McGraw-Hill Machining and Metalworking Handbook, Third Edition, also covers the latest relevant American National Standards and contains hundreds of photos, tables, charts, and illustrations. New coverage includes: Rapid prototyping and manufacturing; Process optimization; Product development; CAD/CAM/CAE; Product data management."
Mechanical Fastening of PlasticsMechanical Fastening of Plastics
An Engineering Handbook
By Brayton Lincoln, Kenneth J. Gomes, James F. Braden
Publisher: CRC Press
1984, Hardcover, 240 pages

From the publisher: "Provides a unique, practical, and comprehensive how-to introduction to plastic-to-plastic, non-permanent assemblies. This 215-page handbook covers helically inserted screws, studs, push-in fasteners, threaded inserts, power tools, ultrasonic insertion equipment, and more; explains principles, applications, terminology, peculiarities, and problems of plastics fastening; and describes material characteristics of most major thermoplastics and thermoset plastics, classified generically and by trade name, to help select the appropriate type of fastener, materials, and fastening sites...avoid or correct design pitfalls, production problems, and rejects...and utilize the design and production resources of fastener manufacturers."
Mechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly, Second EditionMechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly, Second Edition
By James A. Speck
Publisher: CRC Press
2017, Hardcover & Paperback, 384 pages

From the publisher: "A good design, quality parts, and properly executed assembly procedures and processes result in well-fastened assemblies. Utilizing a combined knowledge of mechanical assembly engineering and fastening technology, Mechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly, Second Edition provides readers with a solid understanding of mechanical fastening, joining, and assembly information. Based on the author’s experience in the field, this updated mechanical arts guide and reference chronicles the technical progress since the first edition was published more than a decade ago."
     "The second edition addresses recent trends in the industry, and looks at new fastening technologies used in aerospace, automotive, and other key areas. It explains the fastening function in depth, and describes the types of fastening approaches that can be used effectively. The revised text expands on the presentation and review of fastened components, detailing the assembly, design, manufacturing, and installation of fastener products and procedures. It covers specific joining applications, including vibration, standard, and special materials; details environmental factors; and provides useful reference charts for future use."
Millwrights and Mechanics Guide, 5th EditionMillwrights and Mechanics Guide, 5th Edition, Audel
By Thomas B. Davis, Carl A. Nelson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
2010, Hardcover & Paperback, 1152 pages

Several chapters in this book discuss fasteners. From the publisher: "Here, in concise, straightforward language, is the guidebook your father trusted, completely overhauled and updated for the first time in three decades. Clearly organized to help you find what you need, it covers tools, drawing and sketching, measuring and connecting, installation, bearings, motor maintenance, electrical devices, structural steel, and more. Everything about the newest equipment is here, as well as information vital to maintaining the older machinery still found in many shops."
     DETAILS OF SELECTED CHAPTERS: Chapter 7 - Screw Threads (Course-Thread Series • Fine-Thread Series • Extra-Fine Thread Series • Constant-Pitch Series • Thread Classes • Unified Thread Designation • Screw Thread Terms • Translation Threads • Screw Thread Tapping • External Threading • Metric Screw Threads • Thread Repair Using Heli-Coil Inserts • Repair Procedure). Chapter 8 - Mechanical Fasteners (Tightening Threaded Fasteners • Mechanical Fastener Characteristics • Retaining Rings • Rivets • Engineering Adhesives). Chapter 33 - Wood Fastening (includes Screws • Dimensions of Screws • Shape of the Head • How to Drive a Wood Screw • Strength of Wood Screws • Square Drive Screws • Screw Dimensions • Driver Bits and Dimensions • Lag Screws • How to Put in Lag Screws • Strength of Lag Screws • Bolts • Kinds of Bolts • Manufacture of Bolts • Proportions and Strength of Bolts).
Screw Thread Gage Systems for Determining Conformance to Thread StandardsScrew Thread Gage Systems for Determining Conformance to Thread Standards
Publisher: ASME International
1996, 72 pages

From the publisher: "The National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) initiated this study of screw-thread gaging systems for threaded products in order to address issues set forth by the community which generates, maintains, and uses Standards for screw-thread technology. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Center for Research and Tech. (ASME/CRTD) role as administrator of this study was formalized by letter dated May 13, 1994 from the NIST. ASME/CRTD Convened a panel which instituted several administrative procedures to identify and investigate issues about threaded products linked to inspection standards and specifications, metrology, and mechanical performance."
Stainless Steel Fasteners - A Systematic Approach to Their SelectionStainless Steel Fasteners – A Systematic Approach to Their Selection
Designer Handbook
Publisher: Specialty Steel Industry of North America
1999, PDF File & Hardcopy, 20 pages

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From the publisher: "Details selecting stainless steel fasteners with a description of the basic types. Discusses the criteria for choosing the right stainless steel presented with the typical properties and some thoughts on designing for optimum corrosion resistance."
     TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction • Fastener Materials • Stainless Steels • Stainless Steel Fastener Properties • High- and Low-Temperature Service • Magnetic and Electrical Properties • Manufacture of Stainless Steel Fasteners • Plated Coatings • Effective Utilization of Stainless Fasteners • Designing for Optimum Corrosion Resistance • Availability of Stainless Steel Fasteners • References.
Structural Integrity of Fasteners, Second VolumeStructural Integrity of Fasteners, Second Volume
Editor: Pir M. Toor
Publisher: ASTM International
2000, Hardcover, 214 pages

From the publisher: "The latest in structural integrity of fasteners, including manufacturing processes, methods and models for predicting crack initiation and propagation, fatigue and fracture experiments, structural integrity analysis and failure analysis is presented in 14 peer-reviewed papers."
     "Four main areas of focus examine: failure approaches, fatigue and fracture, analysis techniques and testing procedures."
Tensile Testing, 2nd EditionTensile Testing, 2nd Edition
Edited by J.R. Davis
Publisher: ASM International
2004, Hardcover, Approx. 250 pages

From the publisher: "A complete guide to the uniaxial tensile test, the cornerstone test for determining the mechanical properties of materials: Learn ways to predict material behavior through tensile testing. Learn how to test metals, alloys, composites, ceramics, and plastics to determine strength, ductility and elastic/plastic deformation. A must for laboratory managers, technicians, materials and design engineers, and students involved with uniaxial tensile testing."
     "Tensile Testing, Second Edition begins with an introduction and overview of the test, with clear explanations of how materials properties are determined from test results. Subsequent sections illustrate how knowledge gained through tensile tests, such as tension properties to predict the behavior (including strength, ductility, elastic or plastic deformation, tensile and yield strengths) have resulted in improvements in materials applications."
     "The Second Edition is completely revised and updated. It includes expanded coverage throughout the volume on a variety of topics, including equipment, testing for design, and testing at extreme temperatures and high strain rates."
Test Application Handbook Relating to Mechanical FastenersTest Application Handbook Relating to Mechanical Fasteners
By Division VI Aerospace Fasteners
Publisher: Industrial Fasteners Institute
1995, Paperback, 40 pages

From the publisher: "The material in this handbook addresses physical and mechanical tests, identifies appropriate military and industry how-to specifications and offers guidance as to the limitations and suggested applications of each test. This document also expands, where applicable, on the variations of the basic test."
     SECTIONS: Hardness Testing • Tension Testing • Shear Testing • Fatigue Testing • Stress Durability • Vibration Testing • Torque • Corrosion • Stress Rupture/Stress Relaxation (Creep) • Nondestructive Testing • Torque-Tension/Preload • Plating Thickness • Metallography.
What Every Engineer Should Know About Threaded Fasteners: Materials and DesignWhat Every Engineer Should Know About Threaded Fasteners: Materials and Design
By A. Blake
Publisher: CRC Press
1986, Hardcover, 308 pages

From the publisher: "A 200-page presentation of materials gives the elementary design formulas for fastener sizing, properties, and sample calculations. This volume is an important reference for: mechanical, design, manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace engineers, technologists, and technicians; fastener manufacturers and sales personnel; undergraduate-level courses in manufacturing and mechanical engineering; and industry in-house training courses in fastener design and manufacture."
     TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction • Definitions of Screw Threads • Thread Forms • Comparison of Thread Series • Classes and Grades of Thread Fit • Effect of Thread Fit on Performance • Criteria of Strength and Fracture • Selection of Materials • Practical Strength Limits • Materials for Corrosive Environment • Materials for High Temperatures • Low Temperature Materials • Mechanical Properties of Fasteners • Strength of Internal Threads • Carbon Steel Fasteners • Effects of Alloying Elements • Fastener Grades • Design Features of Nuts • Grades of Nut Strength • Overtapping and Identity of Grades • Guidelines to Bolt and Nut Selection • Stainless Steel Fasteners • Advantages and Limitations of Austenitic Stainless Steels • Use of Ferritic Stainless Steels • Use of Martensitic and Precipitation Hardening Stainless Steels • Applications of Copper Base Alloys • Special Features of Aluminum Alloys • Nickel Based Alloys • Titanium Alloys • The Super Alloys • Fasteners of Nonmetallic Materials • Behavior of Fasteners • Stresses in Fasteners • Formulas for Torque and Preload • Working Load Criteria • Spring Constants • Prying and Joint Separation • Design Calculations • Standards Directory • Basic Units.