Corrosion Fatigue Cracking of Wire Ropes
Fractures and a crack occurred in a length of excavator boom rope. Failure took place at regions where local corrosion was evident. Microscopic examination of longitudinal sections disclosed that the majority of the cracks were broad, these being typical of corrosion-fatigue fissures. In addition, cracking took the form more typical of a fatigue crack and appeared to have originated at a stress-raiser introduced by a corrosion pit on the surface of the wire. The tendency for corrosion-fatigue cracking or the formation of pits from which fatigue cracks can develop can he reduced, if not prevented, in wire ropes by regular attention to lubrication.