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The crankshaft of a six cylinder, 225-hp diesel engine driving a small locomotive was examined. About nine months after installation a fall in oil pressure was traced to damage to No. 5 crank pin bearing. A small lip present on one side of the discontinuity apparently served to scrape the bearing material. The defect was stoned smooth, a new bearing fitted, and the engine returned to service. The engine performed satisfactorily for a further twelve months until fracture of the crankshaft through the No. 5 crank pin supervened. The fracture revealed a complex torsional fatigue failure. Microscopic examination revealed...

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