Fatigue Failure of Crane Clevis Bracket
The fracture of a clevis which formed part of the derricking gear of a large crane showed well developed conchoidal markings. These were associated with a principal origin on the outer surface at about the mid-width of the section. A number of secondary origins were apparent along this same edge. Failure was initiated at the extrados which suggested that a discrepancy in the size of the pin may have contributed to failure. Microscopic examination of a section through the main origin did not reveal any material defects or the presence of weld repairs which could have led to the premature failure. Furthermore, there were no indications that corrosion had contributed to the fatigue cracking.