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After the mixing machines were introduced into service, excessive assembly stresses and inappropriate detail design caused the premature failures of ice cream drink mixer blades shortly. The mixer blade is slightly deformed by the contact between the wavy washer at the bottom of the assembly and the bends at the bottom shoulders of the two mixer arms. Multiple fatigue crack origins on the inside radii of the bends at the bottom shoulders was revealed by analysis of the failed mixer blades. It was revealed by metallographic examination that the shoulders on the arms were cold bent, introducing tensile residual...

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