Strain-Age Embrittlement of Components Made From Rimming Steel
A bracket which formed part of the carrier of a chain conveyor system used to transport components through a continuous oven fractured. A brittle crack originated on the inside of the right-angled bend, the surface having oxidized subsequently. The remaining portion of the fracture resulted from fatigue. Shallow oxidized regions adjacent to the inside surface of the bend indicated pre-existing cracks. A sulphur print on the edge of the bracket showed the material was rolled from a rimming steel ingot. The general appearance of the fracture, and the fact failure took place where embrittlement had developed following plastic straining and service at a temperature of 260 deg C (500 deg F) suggested that failure resulted from strain-age embrittlement.