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RE: an interesting mechanical engineering problem
Original poster: "Cameron B. Prince" <cplists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
As you can imagine, I was at work when I typed this and was rushed. I should
have elaborated more on the holes near the ends of each section. Those could
be holes or slots just large enough to get the fasteners and tools in to
hold the sections together. If they were on the inside curvature or the
bottom side they wouldn't impact the aesthetics of the coil so much.
> 1) Cut the primary tubing into manageable sections
> 2) Cut round copper end caps for each end of each section
> 3) Drill three or four matching holes in each cap
> 4) Solder or braze end caps into each end of each section
> 5) Cut holes near the ends of each section on the inside curvature
> 6) Use short bolts and wing nuts with washers to hold each section to the
> You would need to use a think plate for the end caps so they would support
> the weight obviously, and you might even thing about some wings on either
> side of the plate that went down into the section for added strength.
> Just a thought...
> Good luck with your endeavor.