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Failure analysis: Fractography

Method Visual Assessment, Harness Testing, Electron Microscopy
Standards Monition Method

Understanding the root cause of shaft and coupling failures by review of the unique patterns, known as “beach marks”, generated through progression of a fault through to eventual failure.

 

Techniques such as hardness testing, electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray analysis are then also used to review metallurgy and properties of the materials of the component to assess for suitability and to look at metallurgical faults.

 

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