# Quick return mechanism stress analysis

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In summary: You will see that the beam is not a simple straight line, but a curved line. The linkage is a beam that is curved and attached at three points. The pivot point is at the center of the beam, the end points are at the two ends of the beam. The beam is attached at the pivot point to the slide and to the tool holder. The load is distributed over the entire length of the beam. The linkage was a beam that was curved and attached at three points. The pivot point was at the center of the beam, the end points were at the two ends of the beam. The beam was attached at the pivot point to the slide and to the tool holder. The load was distributed over the

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How to perform analytical stress analysis of a quick return mechanism?
Hi,

I wonder how to approach stress analysis of quick return mechanism used in shaper machines (see the diagram below):

The first issue is: which moment in the working process of this mechanism should be used for analysis (when will the mechanism experience largest loads)? So far I assumed that it will happen with maximum extension of the tool (like in the picture above).

The second issue is: how to simplify this mechanism for analytical stress calculations (I can use FEA but it's not what I want to achieve now)? My current idea is to treat this red arm as a beam supported at two points and assume that the mechanism is subjected only to reaction force from the tool that presses on the workpiece:

Is this approach correct? Or should I do it differently - if yes then how? And what about the remaining parts of the mechanism - how to analyze them in terms of strength?

I've searched the literature but I've only found kinematic studies of such mechanisms. Nothing about stress analyses.

This approach is incomplete. The acceleration force on the slide and tool holder is most likely much larger than the cutting force. A rough estimate of the cutting force is the cutting area times the yield strength of the material. The cutting area is ##t_0## times the cut width (distance into the screen) in the figure below.

The kinematics calculations will give the slide acceleration vs crankshaft position. The point of peak acceleration is not necessarily the point of peak stress in the red arm, so do some checking there. A full analysis will check the stresses in the entire red arm over a range of crankshaft positions because the point of peak stress is not obvious. Also bearing loads, stresses, and sliding velocity (for PV calculations).

The figure is from Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials by Serope Kalpakjian, first edition. This book is currently in its sixth edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0134290550/?tag=pfamazon01-20. Highly recommended for usability and readability.

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FEAnalyst said:
I wonder how to approach stress analysis of quick return mechanism used in shaper machines (see the diagram below):
Machines such as a shaper or planer that move a single cutting tool over a fixed work piece, have insignificant tool forces compared to the force required to accelerate and travel the tool holder along the tight ways lubricated with slideway oil. Most of those machines were replaced half a century ago by rotating multi-tooth cutters in milling machines.

The original shapers employed a linkage that survived. It was not a simple beam, but it evolved to a profile that did not fail when in use. Take a look at the profile of a real beam and the way it is coupled at the three reference points.

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