Dovetail connection

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Schematic representation of the dovetail connection
Illustration from 1904 from the lexicon of the entire technology

A dovetail joint is a joint similar to a bung , in which the shape of the bung (also: spring, prong or tenon) is remotely reminiscent of the forked shape of a swallow's tail . In contrast to a bung, the dovetail connection is more form-fitting , not only across the dovetail, but also in its longitudinal direction. The dovetail connection is joined in the third direction, which is also transverse to the dovetail.

A dovetail joint with multiple "jagged" dovetail joints is also referred to as a fir tree connection . This space-saving form is particularly common for fastening rotor blades of turbomachines . The high centrifugal forces are distributed over several contact surfaces in the connection.


Dovetail joints are used in many areas of technology, u. a .:

Dovetail connections are also used in machine tools, with a trapezoidal groove (see picture below) incorporated in the machine table to accommodate clamping irons with a corresponding, negative trapezoidal shape, into which the clamping claws are inserted from the side and then connected to the workpiece by clamping .

After nearly identical principle called work dovetail guides , with the difference that not going to rigid, non-positive connection, but on a positive, the Translation permitting sliding emphasis. This type of dovetail guide can also be implemented as a roller guide through a special arrangement of needle cage rail guides .

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