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I don't know what a Belleville washer is, so maybe I'm exposing my ignorance.  It seems that if you stacked these washers, it could be compared to stacking blocks.  Say one of them fails at  1699 lbs, the other 1701 lbs.  You would load the stack to 1699 lbs, and one block fails.  You add two more lbs, and the other block fails.  If you stack them, it seems that you are only getting an indication of the weaker of the two, not the sum of both.
Am I thinking this through right, or did I just expose my ignorance?
Would a Simpson PLI washer give you the values you need?  I can't find values listed in the catalog I have, just pretty pictures.
Conrad Guymon, P.E.
----- Original Message -----
From: vicpeng
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 2:08 PM
Subject: Load Indicating Washers.

I'm sure this topic was discussed in the past, however, a search of the archives didn't find the answer.  I'll keep looking, it's possible that my search query on "washers" & "DTI washers" is wrong.
I need to clamp a bracket (to be used for a friction grip), and I need a washer/other that will indicate when I have reached the clamping force.
I have access to beveled (Belleville) washers that give a clamp force of 2373 lb (max P = 3078 lb).  I need 3400 lb.  Would  putting 2 washers of 1700 lb on one side give me the load I need.
Methinks that it doesn't add that simply?

Thor A Tandy P.Eng
Victoria BC
e-mail: vicpeng(--nospam--at)