U-bolts are highly functional fasteners that are exactly what they sound like – bolts fashioned in the shape of a “u” with screw threads on both ends.
Used primarily in plumbing and other piping systems, there are a wide range of possible uses for U-bolts. To accommodate various applications, U-bolts can be purchased in several slightly different configurations:
U-bolts are manufactured by cold- or hot-forming methods from wire and round stock in a variety of metals, such as galvanized and stainless steel. They are available with saddle-clamps, making them ideal for fastening pipe and cable bundles to infrastructure such as frameworks and poles. Saddle clamps can be supplied with U-bolts as a matched set and used to apply clamping forces, distribute the assembly load, and properly secure components to such systems as piping and antenna arrays. For example, something might be attached to a utility pole with U-bolts, in which case the bolt would straddle the pole and a crosspiece would keep the bolt snug. These bolts can also be used for applications such as attaching cables to walls, with the threaded ends of the bolt protruding into a hidden space, while the U faces outwards, allowing users to hold cables, rods, and other materials flat against the wall.
U-bolts can also be used as concrete fasteners, pushed into the concrete with the threaded ends facing up while it’s still setting, enabling various objects to be bolted to the concrete. The U shape keeps the bolt in place so that it will not pull out of the concrete, adding security and stability.
To learn more about U-bolts, their specifications and possible uses, contact the U-bolt specialists here at Electronic Fasteners.