Failure analysis of a mobile harbor crane wheel hub that included SEM and EDS analyses demonstrated that the mechanism of failure was fatigue. The wheel hub was a ductile cast iron component that had been subjected to cyclic loading during a ten-year service period. The fracture surface of the fatigue failure also contained corrosion deposit, suggesting that cracking occurred over a period of time sufficient to allow corrosion of the cracked surfaces. Replacement and alignment of the failed wheel hub was recommended along with inspection of the nonfailed wheel hubs that remained on the crane.
J. Shirokoff, Mobile Harbor Crane Wheel Hub Fatigue Failure, ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories: Construction, Mining, and Agricultural Equipment, ASM International, 2019, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.fach.conag.c9001633
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