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  1. First off, I'm not an engineer but am mechanically inclined. I know the aerospace induustry has been using dimples in wing spars, but have had difficulty finding any detailed information on the proper way to dimple. I'm currently building a gas turbine powered all aluminum race boat and am researching ways to keep the structure light but strong. I'm looking at dimpling some of the non-critical supports using dimple dies, however most of the commercially available dimple dies leave a 'hard' edge to the dimple like shown near teh bottom of the page on the link below. http://www.tmrcustoms.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=226&products_id=1893 I would think this hard bend would be more prone to stress cracking but I was told by the supplier that this was a much stronger way to design the dimple, which doesen't seem right to me. I would think a nice gentle radius to the dimple (http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38532&page=9 posted by NASTYZEN) would add almost as much strength and not be as prone to stress cracking. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance Jesse
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