Case 17: Failure of Dowel Bolts in an Aircraft Engine
A design modification intended to reduce dowel bolt failures in an aircraft engine proved ineffective, prompting an investigation to determine what was causing the bolts to break. As the chapter explains, failure specimens were examined under various levels of magnification and subjected to chemical analysis and low-cycle fatigue tests. Based on their findings, investigators concluded that the bolts failed due to fatigue compounded by excessive clearances and poor surface finishes. The chapter provides a number of recommendations addressing these issues and related concerns.
Failure of Dowel Bolts in an Aircraft Engine, Failure Analysis of Engineering Structures: Methodology and Case Histories, By V. Ramachandran, A.C. Raghuram, R.V. Krishnan, S.K. Bhaumik, ASM International, 2005, p 102–106, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.faesmch.t51270102
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