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A helical compression spring with ten turns made of 1.8 mm thick wire which was under high pressure during tension applied to a rocker arm broke on the test stand in the third turn. The fracture was a torsion fracture that initiated in the highly loaded inner fiber and showed in its origin the characteristics of a fatigue fracture. A longitudinal fold was located at the fracture crack breakthrough which could still be observed at the fourth and fifth turns, where a further incipient crack originated. A metallographic section was made directly next to the fracture path and the...

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