The contamination of lubrication with powdered stone resulted in progressive wear of the internal surfaces of a bearing. Because of the motion of rollers, the inner race exhibited an unusual cyclic washboard wear pattern. Because of a lack of bearing conformity, wear progressed into severe coarse-grain spalling.
A portion of two large spur tooth bull gears made from 4147H Cr-Mo alloy steel that had spalling teeth was submitted for evaluation. The gears were taken from a final drive wheel reduction unit of a very large open-pit mining truck. The parts had met the material and initial heat treat hardening specifications. The mode of failure was tooth profile spalling. By definition, spalling originates at a case/core interface or at the juncture of a hardened/nonhardened area. The cause of this failure was either insufficient or no induction-hardened case along the active profile. The cause was activated by a nonfunctioning induction hardening coil that did not or was not allowed to harden the midprofile of several teeth.