Coil springs essentially work by resisting their extension or compression, and absorb mechanical energy, storing it and later releasing it.

Extension

The act of weighing scales is an example of coil springs resisting extension.

The layers of the helix, which are the coils of the spring, are wound together closely. Experiments have presented that the coils’ extension to how much they can be stretched – this is proportional to how much force is applied in an attempt to pull them apart.

This particular force is directionally proportional to the weight of the material that is being applied to the opposite end of the coil (often with a hook) in an attempt to pull them apart.

Compression

Using springs to make car suspension systems are an example of coil springs that work by resisting compression.

These particular springs are made with a much tougher material also. This is because they are made to absorb the shock of the car bound to encounter when it hits, for example, a pothole.

Clifford Springs offers a range of coil springs to suit your needs. If you are interested in how we can help you, contact us and one of our team members will be more than happy to advise you!