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Extensive slipper/wobbler failures occurred in the integrated drive generators that incorporated TiN coated wobblers, during the production acceptance test. Similar coated wobblers had passed the application tests. The nature of the failure was extensive gouging of the wobbler surface with discoloration and coating removal. The substrate material was E52100 which was through-hardened to HRC 55-60. The slippers that were in contact with the coated wobbler surface were made of AISI 06 material. A synthetic oil was used as the hydraulic fluid in the application. The failure in the wobblers was caused by lack of temperature control during application which resulted in localized surface rehardening. It was established that there was a significant difference in the grade of the hydraulic fluid that was used in the two test programs. Use of superior grade of hydraulic fluid was recommended in this case for the production acceptance tests.

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Suranjeeta Dhar, Fameeda Mohammed, Laura Xu, Raymond Fontana, Failures of TiN-Coated Wobblers in a Hydraulic Assembly, ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories: Improper Maintenance, Repair, and Operating Conditions, ASM International, 2019,

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