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During construction of a river bridge with 80 twisted cables, one or more fractures were found in each of 21 wires of 18 cables before assembly. All were located at the outside wrapping whose Z-profile wires were galvanically zinc-coated. It was suspected that hydrogen played a role during crack formation, and that it penetrated during pickling or galvanizing. This supposition was confirmed also by the fact that the wire fractures were not observed during cable winding, but only subsequently to it, and therefore seemed to have appeared only after a certain delay.

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Karl Naumann Friedrich, Ferdinand Spies, Wire Fractures in Suspension Cables of a Twisted Cable Suspension Bridge, ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories: Buildings, Bridges, and Infrastructure, ASM International, 2019,

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