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Four truck cross members intended for use in heavy-duty transport trucks were investigated. Two of the members had cracked on a prototype vehicle and two had been fatigue tested in the laboratory. The cross members were fabricated from SAE 950X plate and consisted of a formed channel section and an internal fillet-welded diaphragm. Sections from each of the cross members were subjected to a complete analysis, including chemical analysis, magnetic particle testing, mechanical testing, scanning electron microscope/fractography, and metallography. The primary mode of failure was found to be fatigue cracking that initiated at the toes of the fillet welds....

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