Investigation on a Damaged Propeller Blade
The paper describes the findings from a damaged propeller blade made from Mn-Ni-Al-bronze, commercially known as Superston 70 (ABS Type 5). The blade had broken at the 0.65 pitch radius location, and the fracture occurred in a brittle mode. The findings reported here point to two potential contributors to the propeller blade failure, viz., the presence of casting flaws at the low pressure side of the propeller blade and service stresses at this surface that reached approximately 400 MPa. This stress value exceeded the yield strength at the corresponding location of the unbroken blade by approximately 40%.