Spring Applications

Provided by: ToolingU

"Spring Applications" provides an overview of the many different types of springs used in mechanical systems. Springs are an essential part of many applications because they dampen forces, provide flexibility, control movement between machine parts, store potential energy, and release kinetic energy. A variety of spring types are available. Each type of spring accepts different loads and load rates. Both an application's key variables and a spring's capabilities must be assessed in order to choose the most appropriate spring for an application. Without proper operation and maintenance, springs will stretch or suffer irreparable damage. Springs can damage machinery and cause injury if they break or pop out of place during installation or removal. After taking this class, users will be able to identify the different spring types, their limitations and uses, and safe practices to follow for maintenance and installation.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the use of springs
  • Describe the different types of coil springs and the loads each type is designed to deflect
  • Describe factors that affect coil spring selection
  • Describe various types of spring wire
  • Explain the important considerations for installing, inspecting, and replacing mechanical springs
  • Describe compression springs
  • Describe the different end-coil designs for compression springs
  • Describe variables to consider during compression spring selection
  • Describe permanent set, buckling, and shearing
  • Describe the procedures that can extend compression spring life
  • Describe extension springs
  • Distinguish between extension springs and compression springs
  • Describe torsion springs
  • Describe variables to consider during torsion spring selection
  • Describe flat springs
  • Describe torsion bars
  • Describe other types of mechanical springs
  • Describe hydraulic and pneumatic springs.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for mechanical/electrical/plumbing maintenance technicians.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Business



Employee Type

New Applicants, Operations team, 1st level supervisor

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3 hrs



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