Flat springs are flat strips of material that, when deflected by an external load, store and release energy. Flat springs are small, stamped metal components that function like a spring by controlling deflection within small or restricted spaces. A flat spring can also function as a spacer or ground.
Flat springs come in a variety of configurations depending on the application. They include leaf springs and flat coil springs.
A leaf spring is an important component in a suspension, such as in a car or other vehicle, where it can provide stability and help minimize wear and tear on other parts. They are flat springs made out of individual layers or leaves of metal. Leaf springs are often used in automotive design and repair, including on drive or steering axles. These devices can be constructed of high alloy spring steel or lighter weight materials such as low carbon steel. A leaf spring comes in three basic types: mono-leaf, multi-leaf and parabolic springs.