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Several elbow subassemblies comprising segments of oil-line assemblies that recycled aircraft-engine oil from pump to filter broke in service. The components of the subassemblies were made of aluminum alloy 6061-T6. Two subassemblies were returned to the laboratory to determine cause of failure. In one, the threaded boss had separated from the elbow at the weld. In the other, the failure was by fracture of the elbow near the flange. The separation of the threaded boss from the elbow was due to a poor welding procedure. Crack propagation was accelerated by fatigue caused by cyclic service stresses. The fracture of...

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