Several torsion bars had failed in a projectile weaving machine and were analyzed to determine the cause. Specimens prepared from the damaged components were subjected to visual inspection, hardness testing, chemical analysis, and metallurgical evaluations. The failed torsion bars had been fabricated from spring steel which, according to stress calculations, did not have sufficient torsional strength. Examination of the damaged parts confirmed the finding, revealing that all fractures started at a shoulder radius in an area of high stress concentration. Based on the investigation, the shoulder radius should be increased to alleviate stress and the working torsion angle of the bar should be decreased to improve safety factors.
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