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Deflection of Compression, Extension and Torsion Springs

Definition: Spring deflection, also known as spring travel, is the action of a compression spring compressing (being pushed), an extension spring extending (being pulled), or a torsion spring torquing (radially) when a load is applied or released.



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In order for deflection to take place on a compression, extension or torsion spring, a load must be either applied or removed. The distance between the loaded length or position and the free or pre-loaded position is known as distance of travel. A traveled distance is exactly what deflection is. Whether it is pushed, pulled, or torqued. Spring deflection is deeply related to your spring’s rate.

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