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Abstract

A sand-cast LM6M aluminum alloy sprocket drive wheel in an all-terrain vehicle failed. Extensive cracking had occurred around each of the six bolt holes in the wheel. Evidence of considerable deformation in this area was also noted. Examination indicated that the part failed because of gross overload. Use of an alloy with a much higher yield strength and improvement in design were recommended.

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W.A. Pollard, Failure of a Sprocket Drive Wheel in a Tracked All-Terrain Vehicle, Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis, Vol 2, Edited By Khlefa A. Esaklul, ASM International, 1993, p 58–60, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.fach.v02.c9001303

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