What’s the Difference Between Tension & Compression Springs?

Within the manufacturing industry, there are numerous designs and forms of spring that are used for different projects. Each spring, pressing or wire form has a specific purpose, each working differently to maximise their potential.

Tension springs and compression springs look similar therefore it is understandable to confuse the two, however they are actually designed to do very different things. Here at European Springs we’re going to reveal how springs that look so similar can be so different.

compression vs tension springs

What Are The Main Differences?

  1.  Springs Under Tension Usually Have Attachment Elements

    The design difference between compression springs and tension springs is that the latter usually have a loop or a hook attached at either end – these are for attachment purposes.

  2. Compressive Springs Have Thicker Gauge Wire & Are Wound Less Tight

    Although compression springs are also a form of coil spring, they are designed to work differently to tension springs. Compression springs are often manufactured from a much larger gauge wire and are not wound as tightly as their tension counterparts.

  3. One Stops Parts Meeting, The Other Keeps Them Together

    Tension springs are mainly used to hold two components together whereas compression springs are used to keep components from meeting. Both springs have a coil spring design for strength and elasticity however they are used in entirely different ways.

If you require any more information in regards to spring technology, do not hesitate to get in touch with our compression spring manufacturers here at European Springs by phoning +44 (0) 208 663 1800 or email info.bec@europeansprings.com.

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