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Re: an interesting mechanical engineering problem
Original poster: FIFTYGUY@xxxxxxx
My cheap, easy suggestion for joining pieces of 4" [!] copper tubing quadrants:
Make a series of circumferentially spaces saw cuts a few inches
deep along the axis of one of the pieces (this will be the female end
of the joint). This will essentially make "petals" or "fingers" out
of one of the ends. Shove the mating (male) end of the other piece
into the split piece. Clamp with whatever.
I'd start with cuts 4" deep, maybe 8 cuts to make 8 fingers out
of the female end. More cuts and deeper cuts make the joint more
accommodating. Should be quick work with a Sawzall or Saber saw.
If there's some problem with ferrous hose clamps (say,
worm-screw type radiator hose clamps) I'm sure the super-duty
3/8"-wide nylon cable ties would work fine. There's lots of other
kinds of plastic clamps. Or for really cheap, just neatly use a bunch
of electrical tape (which you could cover the joint with, no matter
what clamping method).
You can't get cheaper and simpler than some saw cuts and electrical tape.
(save your time and money for the IGBT's)