Hardened steel shims are used in various abrasive wear applications. The applications usually require a material that can withstand harsh environments.
What constitutes a hardened shim?
A hardened shim is any shim that requires a hardened surface for wear and abrasion resistance. This surface can be produce either through a separate process (heat treating) or choice of material (spring steel). The hardness of the surface provides better wear resistance and durability.
What materials are used in a hardened shim?
There are several different types of material that may be used in hardened shims. Depending on the application a full hard stainless steel or copper can be used in a corrosive environment where as a spring steel such as C1075 or C1095 can be used in a noncorrosive environment.
What types of applications use Hardened shims?
Hardened shims (Thrust washers) are used in any applications that have a rotating surface and a stationary component. They support the axial load or side to side motion on a shaft and prevent movement along that shaft. The hardened shim (Thrust washer) provides a surface on to which a bearing is supported. They are made to be used in high-wear applications. Hardened shims are also used as spacers in a differential. Hardened shims from 304 Full Hard stainless steel are used as motor mount shims to support the weight of the motor in corrosive environments.
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