When a metal component fails, its fracture surface is the greatest source of information as to why it failed - it just needs to be decoded. This book introduces fractography and how to decode the fracture features of mechanical failures. It demonstrates how to visually diagnose and interpret ductile, brittle and fatigue failures using numerous examples. It then explains how each diagnosis is used to direct the investigation towards the root cause of failure. There are two additional chapters on advanced fatigue of rotating shafts and static fastener failures. Intended for anyone dealing with equipment failures including mechanical engineers, reliability, maintenance, inspectors and beginning failure analysts/metallurgists.
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