Cracking of a Dump Truck Transmission Housing
Both halves of a gray cast iron transmission housing from a 50-ton dump truck were found to contain numerous cracks. The housing material was possibly G3000 grade designation for automotive gray cast iron. No service duration or material specifications were provided. Investigation (visual inspection, tensile testing, 2% nital etched 59x cross sections, and metallographic analysis) supported the conclusion that failure was due to applied stresses sufficient to fracture the castings which exhibited brittle overload cracks at highly stressed locations. No recommendations were made.