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A valve-seat retainer spring (made of 0.23 mm thick 17-7 PH stainless steel) from a fuel control on an aircraft engine was found to be broken after 3980 h of service. The two inner tabs were found to be broken off. The part was revealed to be in relative rotation against its contacting member by the radial wear marks on the convex surface. Beach marks indicating that fatigue fracture had been initiated at the convex surface of the washer and had propagated across to the concave surface were revealed by examination of the fractured surfaces of the washer. The...

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