Failure of Feed Cock Studs
The cover of a feed cock fitted to an economic boiler suddenly blew off and the plug lifted sufficiently to permit the escape of water. It was found that all four of the studs securing the cover had fractured. In each case fracture had occurred at the end of one of the screwed portions adjacent to the shank. The fractures were of a short nature, with no evidence of progressive cracking by fatigue, nor was there any sign of stretching prior to failure. The fractured faces and the shanks of the studs were of rusted appearance. Microscopic examination of...