Failure Analysis of Horizontal Hinge Pin Components from an Army Cargo Helicopter
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A horizontal hinge pin (HHP) assembly from an Army cargo helicopter was examined to determine the root cause of ring and roller fracture and spalling. Chemical analyses, metallography and hardness testing indicated that the rings and rollers conformed to the material requirements of the governing drawing. Metallography and visual and scanning electron microscopy indicated the failure likely initiated in the lag ring due to rolling contact fatigue (RCF) because of high service loads. Evidence of subsurface crack initiation was observed.
KeywordsFailure analysis Horizontal hinge pin Army cargo helicopter Rolling contact fatigue
Thanks are extended to the following ARL personnel for their assistance during this investigation: Scott Grendahl, Dr. Andrew Davis, Benjamin Hardisky, Chris Norfolk and Tom Juliano. The authors are also grateful for the manuscript review performed by Randy McFarland, AMCOM.
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