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Eight cylinderhead screws cracked after a short running time in motors. They were made of Fe-0.45C-1Cr steel, had rolled threads, were heat treated to 110 kg/sq mm tensile strength, and were electrolytically galvanized. All fractured at the root of the thread. The surfaces of fracture were fine-grained and had not spread by rubbing. Because the screws were electrolytically galvanized, failure resulted from “delayed fracture.” Experience has shown that this type of fracture is seen on production parts made of high-strength steels, which absorbed hydrogen during pickling or during a galvanic surface treatment. Such parts will rupture below the elastic...

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