# Gib and Cotter Joint and It’s Design

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Gib and Cotter Joint

A gib and cotter joint is usually used in strap end (or big end) of a connecting rod as shown inÂ Fig. 1. In such cases, when the cotter alone (i.e. without gib) is driven, the friction between itsÂ ends and the inside of the slots in the strap tends to cause the sides of the strap to spring open (orÂ spread) outwards as shown dotted in Fig. 4 (a). In order to prevent this, gibs as shown inÂ Fig. 4 (b) and (c), are used which hold together the ends of the strap.

Moreover, gibsÂ provide a larger bearing surface for the cotter to slide on, due to the increased holding power. Thus,Â the tendency of cotter to slacken back owing to friction is considerably decreased. The jib, also,Â enables parallel holes to be used.

Notes :

1. When one gib is used, the cotter with one side tapered is provided and the gib is always on the outsideÂ as shown in Fig. 4 (b).

2. When two jibs are used, the cotter with both sides tapered is provided.

3. Sometimes to prevent loosening of cotter, a small set screw is used through the rod jamming against theÂ cotter.

Design of a Gib and Cotter Joint for Strap End of a Connecting Rod

Consider a gib and cotter joint for strap end (or big end) of a connecting rod as shown inÂ Fig. 5. The connecting rod is subjected to tensile and compressive loads.

Let P = Maximum thrust or pull in the connecting rod,

d = Diameter of the adjacent end of the round part of the rod,

B1 = Width of the strap,

B = Total width of gib and cotter,

t = Thickness of cotter,

t1 = Thickness of the strap at the thinnest part,

Ïƒt = Permissible tensile stress for the material of the strap, and

Ï„ = Permissible shear stress for the material of the cotter and gib.

The width of strap ( B1) is generally taken equal to the diameter of the adjacent end of the roundÂ part of the rod ( d ). The other dimensions may be fixed as follows :

Thickness of cotter,

t =Â Width of strap /Â 4 =Â B1/4

Thickness of gib = Thickness of cotter (t)

Height (t2) and length of gib head (l3)
= Thickness of cotter (t)

In designing the gib and cotter joint for strap end of a connecting rod, the following modes ofÂ failure are considered.

1. Failure of the strap in tension

Assuming that no hole is provided for lubrication, the area that resists the failure of the strapÂ due to tearing = 2 B1 Ã— t1

âˆ´ Tearing strength of the strap
= 2 B1 Ã— t1 Ã— Ïƒt

Equating this to the load (P), we get
P = 2 B1 Ã— t1 Ã— Ïƒt

From this equation, the thickness of the strap at the thinnest part (t1) may be obtained. When anÂ oil hole is provided in the strap, then its weakening effect should be considered.Â The thickness of the strap at the cotter (t3) is increased such that the area of cross-section of theÂ strap at the cotter hole is not less than the area of the strap at the thinnest part. In other wordsÂ 2 t3 (B1 â€“ t) = 2 t1 Ã— B1

From this expression, the value of t3 may be obtained.

2. Failure of the gib and cotter in shearing

Since the gib and cotter are in double shear, therefore area resisting failure
= 2 B Ã— t

and resisting strength = 2 B Ã— t Ã— Ï„

Equating this to the load (P), we get
P = 2 B Ã— t Ã— Ï„

From this equation, the total width of gib and cotter (B) may be obtained. In the joint, as shownÂ in Fig. 5, one gib is used, the proportions of which are

Width of gib,b1 =0.55 B ; and

width of cotter, b = 0.45 B

The other dimensions may be fixed as follows :

Thickness of the strap at the crown,

t4 = 1.15 t1 to 1.5 t1

l1 = 2 t1; and l2 = 2.5 t1

Reference A Textbook of Machine Design by R.S. Khurmi and J.K. Gupta