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In the course of a general overhaul, the crankpins and main journals (3 in. diam) of the crankshaft of a four-cylinder oil engine were built up by metal spraying. Four weeks later, the shaft broke through the pin remote from the flywheel (driving) end. The fracture was of the fatigue type. A creeping crack originated in the fillet at the inside surface of the pin and extended parallel to the plane of the web across practically the entire section before complete rupture occurred. The sprayed metal on the fractured pin had very poor adhesion. The surfaces of the main...

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