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ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories

Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis

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Aircraft Landing Gear Fracture

Charles E. Witherell
Charles E. Witherell
Consulting Engineer
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3 - 8


The right landing gear on a twin-turboprop transport aircraft collapsed during landing. Preliminary examination indicated that the failure occurred at a steel-to-aluminum (7014) pinned drag-strut connection due to fracture of the lower set of drag-strut attachment lugs at the lower end of the oleo cylinder housing. Two lug fractures that were determined to be the primary fractures were analyzed. Results of various examinations indicated that stress-corrosion cracking associated with the origins of the principal fractures in the connection was the cause of failure. It was recommended that the design be modified to avoid dissimilar metal combinations of high corrosion potential.

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Charles E. Witherell, 1992. "Aircraft Landing Gear Fracture", Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis, Khlefa A. Esaklul

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