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Abstract

A first-stage compressor blade failed prematurely in an aircraft engine, fracturing at the midpoint of the root transition region. An examination of the fracture surface revealed beach marks, striations, and pitting, indicating that the blade failed by fatigue due to a crack initiated by corrosion pits in the root transition region. The chapter recommends further investigations to determine the cause of pitting, which appears to be confined to the dovetail region.

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