Connecting Rod That Fractured Because of a Forging Fold
A motorboat engine connecting rod forged from carbon steel fractured in two places and cracked at the small end during service. The analysis (visual inspection, 50x micrographs of sections etched with 2% nital, magnetic-particle inspection, and metallographic examination) supported the conclusion that the connecting rods were rendered susceptible to fatigue-crack initiation and propagation by the notch effect of coarse folds formed during the forging operation. One fracture was caused by fatigue resulting from operating stresses, and the other was a secondary tensile fracture. No recommendations were made.