Re: Might be a dumb question, but...


---In STMFC@..., <timboconnor@...> wrote :


Not a dumb question, but there was no standard, and riveting patterns
vary widely.

As Tim says, no. Good engineering practice for the sort of sheet thickness used on freight cars seems to suggest a spacing of 2.5"-3", but what would happen is the designer would take the available space and divide it evenly so the rivets came out about that spacing, but it varies, often between different components on the same car. As an example, the spacing on the vertical side sheet  lap seams might be different that the spacing of the rivet line that attached their bottom edge to the side sill; varied so they always worked out to divide the space evenly.

Dennis Storzek

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