The Spring Retaining Clip is a component used in some pin&socket mechanisms. It is a spring ring made of a steel wire (let's say 1,5 loops) which fits over the female brass socket component - its function being to squeeze the socket tighter round the pin (with a higher elastic force than the socket would achieve by itself).
Where is it possible to find formulae to calculate the spring constant as a function of the Young modulus of the wire used to make it, the diameter of the wire and possibly the number of loops?
Is the force produced merely the product of this spring constant with the variation of the diameter?
Thanks for help.
Pierre LAURAT, PhD