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Compound bow handle risers that had failed in service and during assembly along with an unassembled riser were submitted for analysis. The risers were die cast from magnesium-base alloy AM60A. Inspection of the failed risers and metallurgical investigations conducted on the stock riser revealed the presence of cold shuts at the same site in all specimens. It was recommended that all risers be thoroughly inspected and that the bow company work with their die casting shop to design a mold with acceptable filling characteristics.

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George M. Goodrich, 1993. "Failure of Compound Bow Handle Risers", Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis, Khlefa A. Esaklul

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