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Structural members in a radar antenna system are held together by cadmium-plated high-strength steel bolts, several of which had fractured along the fillet near the head. Investigators determined that the bolts did not seat properly, making contact only at the periphery, which subjected them to high stress concentrations in the fillet region. They also concluded that the intergranular nature of the fracture, as revealed by scanning electron fractography, pointed to hydrogen embrittlement as a contributing factor. This chapter provides a summary of the investigation along with a recommendation to consider adding spring washers to the assembly.

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