Failure Modes and Mechanisms
Coaxial cable connectors made of brass were failing at a high rate after less than one year of service in an outdoor industrial environonment. The observed failures, which consisted of cracks in the body and end cap, were analyzed and found to be brittle fractures due to stress-corrosion cracking. Two common stress-corrosion cracking tests for copper materials were conducted on new connectors from the same manufacturing lot, confirming the initial determination of the fracture mode. Additional testing as was done in the investigation is often helpful when analyzing corrosion failures.
Rolling contact fatigue is responsible for a large...