Failure Analysis of a Diesel Engine Connecting Rod
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A failure investigation has been conducted on a diesel engine connecting rod. The fracture occurred at the small head of the connecting rod. Visual and scanning electron microscopy observations show that a lot of axial grooves appear on the internal surface close to the fracture and the fatigue cracks initiated from the axial grooves. Fractography indicates that the multiple-origin fatigue fracture is the dominant failure mechanism. The machining or assembling process was responsible for the formation of the axial grooves.
KeywordsConnecting rod Failure analysis Groove Multiple-origin fatigue fracture Surface damage
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