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This chapter documents the key findings of an investigation into the failure of an aircraft’s main wheel bearing housing. Using annotated images and a detailed SEM fractograph, it shows what investigators observed that led them to conclude that the flange on one of the hubs broke off due to a combination of fatigue, bending stresses, and wear. It also includes a recommendation to assess the structural integrity of the bearing housing after every 100 h of service using nondestructive techniques.

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Failure of a Main Wheel Bearing Housing Flange in an Aircraft, 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 72–73,

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