A broken cross-recessed die was examined. Examination of the unetched, polished section for impurities revealed several coarse streaks of slag. The purity did not therefore correspond to the requirements set for a high speed tool steel of the given theoretical quality DMo 5. After etching with 5% nital the polished surface exhibited a pronounced, easily-visible, fibrous structure. Microscopic examination revealed that this etch pattern was produced by marked segregation bands. The very unfavorable structure for a high speed steel tool of these dimensions and subject to such stresses together with the low purity favored the fracture of the tool.
During dismantling of an eccentric camshaft of 340 mm diam that had worked for a total of 450,000 load reversals, it was found that it had cracked on both sides of the eccentric cam. The shaft was made of chromium-molybdenum alloy steel 34 Cr-Mo4 (Material No. 1.7220) according to DIN 17200. Microstructural examination showed the shaft had ran hot, and there were no material defects. The shaft probably was overstressed by torsion forces. The presence of surface checks on both sides of the cam lobe that were filled with bearing metal proved that overstressing occurred through galling of the end faces of the bearing liners.