Sprocket Locking Device Failure
A failed tapered-ring sprocket locking device consisted of an assembly of four tapered rings that are retained by a series of cap screws. The middle wedge-shaped rings were pulled closer as the screws were tightened forcing the split inner ring to clamp tightly onto the shaft. One of the wedge-shaped middle rings fractured prior to having been fully torqued, preventing the sprocket from being locked to the shaft. “Woody” fracture features, as a result of decohesion between a high volume fractions of manganese sulfide stringers and the matrix, was revealed during examination. The material was revealed by chemical analysis...