Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 122–126 | Cite as

Fatigue Failure of a Ground-Engaging Tool

  • Chinnia Subramanian
Case History---Peer-Reviewed


A cast steel tooth used in an earth-moving application was analyzed to determine the cause of failure. The tooth reportedly failed prematurely during service was analyzed for chemical composition, hardness, and microstructure, in addition to extensive scanning electron microscopy of the fracture surface. The presence of a casting defect caused the initiation of a fatigue process due to a loose fit between the tooth and its adapter.


Wear Fatigue failure Failure analysis 



The author would like to thank Steve Whymark and Sean Sinfield for their assistance in the preparation of the samples for microscopy and testing. Thanks are due to Ludwig and Associates, Edmonton for their help in scanning electron microscopy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Black Cat Blades LtdEdmontonCanada

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