Enter the shear strength of the rivet and the cross-sectional area subjected to shear into the calculator to determine the riveting force.

Riveting Force Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Riveting Force.


  • Where RF is the riveting force (lbf)
  • SS is the shear strength of the rivet (lbf/in^2)
  • A is the cross-sectional area (in^2)

To calculate the riveting strength, multiply the shear strength of the rivet by the total area of shear.

What is a Riveting Force?


A riveting force is the total amount of force a rivet can handle when under shear.

How to Calculate Riveting Force?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate Riveting Force.

First, determine the shear strength of the rivet. In this example, the shear strength of the rivet is found to be 500 lbs/in^2.

Next, determine the cross-sectional area. For this problem, the area is found to be 3 in^2.

Finally, calculate the Riveting Force using the formula above:


RF = 500*3

RF = 1500 lbf