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The failure of a high speed steel twist drill which caused injury to the user was investigated thoroughly to settle a legal suit. The drill was being used to remove a stud that broke in the vertical wall of a metalworking machine (upsetter) after drilling a pilot hole. The drill had shattered suddenly with a bang which caused a chip to be dislodged and cause the injury. A large nonmetallic inclusion parallel to the axis near the center of the drill was revealed in an unetched longitudinal section. Carbide bands in a martensitic matrix were indicated in an etched...

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