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Torsion Springs

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are commonly used to apply a torque or store rotational energy. They are designed to exert torque, often as the result of some kinds of rotating action. The springs usually connect to other components at both ends. Various kinds of ends including short hook, hinge, straight and customizable are available to facilitate mounting. Requiring some type of force like pressing or twisting to function, once the force is stopped, they will return to the original position. 

The torsion spring can be used for all sorts of applications involving new or aging equipment. Everyday uses include clothespins, doorknob, ratchets, counterbalance mechanisms, and as a coupling between concentric shafts such as in motor and pump assembly.

For higher performance, rectangular or other non-round wire can be substituted to improve efficiency and obtain higher energy storage capacity. In a case of extreme torque, two separately designed coils (sections–one with a right-hand twist and the other left-handed) can be connected together creating a double-bodied spring. This allows the total torque to match the sum of the two coils combined.

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Torsion Springs Characteristics

SSSsrping offers a selection of torsion springs with legs of equal length oriented at varying unloaded angles. The torsion spring configuration is created for the purpose of storing and releasing angular energy or for the purpose of statically holding a mechanism in place by deflecting the legs about the body centerline axis. A spring of this type will reduce in body diamter and increase slightly in body length when deflected in the preferred direction of the fabricated wind.

The direction of the fabricated wind can also be important for torsion spring applications due to the leg bearing/attachment location having to be on the left or right side upon assembly.

A torsion spring is normally supported by a rod (mandrel) that is coincident with the theoretical hingeline of the final product.

Torsion Spring Dimensions

1.Hold the spring in one hand, and the calipers in the other hand.
2.Place the caliper “teeth” on the inside diameter. This is called the Inside Diameter (I.D.).
3.Place the calipers on the “leg” to measure the wire. This is called Material Size (or Wire Diameter).
4.Place the calipers on the working coils of the spring. This is called the Body Length.Place the calipers on the working coils of the spring. This is called the Body Length.
5.Count the total coils, beginning at one end, just under where the leg leaves the body. Count to the other end, all full coils, and any fraction thereof. This is called Number of Coils and determines leg position. i.e. 90°, 180°, etc.
6.Determine the direction of coil (Wind Direction). See diagram for hand/finger illustration. Right Hand Wind or Left Hand Wind.

Torsion spring measurement


The highest grades of spring wire are used when fabricating our torsion springs. To create cost-effective warehousing of our stock spring inventory for our customers, we offer material certification for custom springs only. Certifications of conformance for geometric tolerances set by the Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI) are available for stock torsion springs upon request.

The term “spring steel” is a stock inventory term covering music wire, hard-drawn(MB) wire and oil-tempered wire. Additionally, stock torsion spring materials may include 300 series stainless steel.


Tolerance values for torsion springs depend on the body-diameter to wire-diameter ratio and are about +/- 10% in torque and +/- 5% in diameter.


Our stock torsion springs come in a selection of commonly requested finishes:
  • Zinc
  • Gold Irridite
  • Passivated (upon request)
  • None (can be plated upon request)
  • With so many applications, it's no surprise that the spring comes in a variety of sizes. At SSSspring industrial, we can help customers find the perfect size and design based on the application they have in mind. Even if you need replacement springs for older machinery or equipment, we have the experience needed to create springs that will exceed your expectations.

    For more information, please call us today at 0086-379-6226-5677 or contact us for a quote via our website. SSSspring industrial is always ready to help you find the ideal solution.