In engineering and construction, a gusset -- a more or less triangular sheet metal piece or a block -- is applied on the inside corner of a joint between two structural members (beams, bars). Usually, the butt of one structural member is welded to the side of the other member, then the gusset is pressed into the corner, and more welding (or brazing or metallurgical process) is done where each lateral side of the gusset/triangle meets each structural member. The same process is used for reinforcing a joint such as miter or rabbet joint where the structural members are meeting at their respective ends. This is similar to an A-frame but the space above the cross-bar of the A is filled in. This allows the gusset to be applied without prior measurement, especially when the corner is a 90-degree corner, and/or when the gusset and/or weld area is small. A gusset need not be metal and used for welding. For instance, two polymer bars could have a polymeric gusset set in before joining them via heating. Or, in woodwork, the gusset could be a stamped metal sheet with screw holes along each side. Also, the hypotenuse of the gusset, or the edge facing away from the joint, can be concave to save material and minimize the profile of the joint.
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In pantyhose, the gusset also serves for comfort. Without one, the seam would press uncomfortably against a sensitive region.
- It wouldn't just fit neatly down the crack, so to speak? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 00:23, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
Splitting this article
This article describes two practically unrelated things. While in theory (and name), the two applications (sewing and structural engineering) are similar, their uses in real life are completely different. Both objects are notable and each deserve their own separate article so users can identify between the two. It may also be a good idea to add a disambiguation page for the term Gusset. It's odd for an article to be tagged with both Textile Arts WikiProject and Architecture WikiProject. It should also be tagged with WP Civil Engineering, but I will wait until it is split. Please feel free to leave comments. ~ ωαdεstεr16«talkstalk» 16:03, 13 February 2009 (UTC)
- I agree and split the article. Gusset plate now describes the structural engineering one. I'm not sure about the mechanical engineering one; I've moved it there but perhaps it should a third one? I don't understand it well. Rigadoun (talk) 04:41, 1 September 2009 (UTC)