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Following disruption of the austenitic stainless steel basket of a hydro-extractor used for the separation of crystals of salt (sodium chloride) from glycerin, samples of the broken parts were analyzed. Examination revealed that the fish-plates joining the reinforcing hoops had broken, the shell had split from top to bottom adjacent to the weld, the top and bottom cover plates had become loose, all the rivets having pulled out, and the shaft was also found to be bent. Fracture took place in an irregular manner and was of the shear type towards both ends; it occurred immediately adjacent to the...

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