Case 40: Failure of a Wing Control Cable in an Aircraft
This chapter discusses the failure of a control cable on an aircraft and the findings of an investigation that followed. The cable was made of stranded steel wire that was visibly worn. All seven strands had snapped and bore evidence of corrosion, pitting, nicks, and rubbing. Based on their observations and the results of SEM fractography, investigators concluded that tensile overload was the predominate cause of failure.
Failure of a Wing Control Cable in an Aircraft, Failure Analysis of Engineering Structures: Methodology and Case Histories, By V. Ramachandran, A.C. Raghuram, R.V. Krishnan, S.K. Bhaumik, ASM International, 2005, p 158–159, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.faesmch.t51270158
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