The Comparison: Bolts versus rivets
By using Nord-Lock washers, a bolted fastener can overcome many of the disadvantages of rivets, while still offering the advantages of bolts.
Rivets offer a number of advantages over threaded bolts. They won’t loosen when subjected to vibration, and can secure joints with short clamp length. On the other hand, compared to threaded bolts, they are cumbersome and time consuming to install and remove, and offer limited clamp load.
However, securing a threaded bolt with a Nord-Lock washer ensures resistance to vibration, and also makes it possible to secure joints with short clamp length.