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Locking ability

3 out of 5


Not Applicable

Worker safety

2 out of 5

Initial cost


Lifetime cost


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Are tab washers effective
against bolt loosening?

Tab washers are a mechanical locking solution that secure bolted joints using a physical barrier. The washer itself is a thin piece of metal usually rectangular or circular. The tab washer is installed between the bolt head/nut and the mating surface, and the bolted joint is tightened like a regular bolt. Once the bolt has been tightened, the tab section of the washer is knocked up around the bolt head/nut to lock it in place and prevent any rotation.

The locking function of the washer is normally good, however, numerous cases of badly installed, thus inefficient, tab washers have been reported by large MROs and asset owners. The major disadvantage is the complex assembly method. 

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The biggest challenge for a bolted joint, causing it to lose preload and fail, is spontaneous loosening often caused by vibrationsThis Junker test shows all 5 nuts rotated loose! A steep decline in the graph indicates a failure. Read more about the Junker Test.

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