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Title: Failure analysis of the crane failure at the UF/sub 6/ - UF/sub 4/ expansion facility

Abstract

Cracking of the double strand chain, P/N T-3829, resulted from stress corrosion cracking. The cracks originated from areas of intergranular corrosion located in the center of the pins along the areas where the links are attached. The corrosion present is due to the many corrosive environments the crane has been exposed to over the years. The corrosion is most aggressive in the center of the pin due to entrapment as a result of the links. Pins 2 through 6 failed in shear-face tensile overload as a result of stress corrosion cracking initiating circumferentially around the pin in the region midway through the length of the pin. Pin 1 failed in flat-face tensile overload due to stress corrosion cracking in the same region as pins 2 through 6. Therefore, it is believed that pin 1 was the last to fail. The outer 5 pins were so smeared, that a definite origin could not be determined. However, it is also believed that possibly the missing portion of pin 4 could have failed first, separated the double strand chain inducing a high degree of tensile loading on the rest of the chain, particularly in the area of the chain surrounding pin 4. Thismore » tensile loading, along with the high amounts of corrosion present, initiated stress corrosion cracking sites on the various pins, ultimately causing catastrophic failure in tensile overload.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Westinghouse Materials Co., Fernald, OH (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
7199296
Report Number(s):
DOE/OR/21600-T33
ON: DE88012285
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-86OR21600
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions are illegible in microfiche products
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; FAILURE MODE ANALYSIS; CRACK PROPAGATION; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; STEELS; STRESS CORROSION; ALLOYS; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; CORROSION; DATA; EQUIPMENT; INFORMATION; IRON ALLOYS; IRON BASE ALLOYS; NUMERICAL DATA; SYSTEM FAILURE ANALYSIS; SYSTEMS ANALYSIS; 420500* - Engineering- Materials Testing

Citation Formats

Henry, E, Hubschman, L Jr, Merhley, R, and Milazzo, R. Failure analysis of the crane failure at the UF/sub 6/ - UF/sub 4/ expansion facility. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Henry, E, Hubschman, L Jr, Merhley, R, & Milazzo, R. Failure analysis of the crane failure at the UF/sub 6/ - UF/sub 4/ expansion facility. United States.
Henry, E, Hubschman, L Jr, Merhley, R, and Milazzo, R. 1987. "Failure analysis of the crane failure at the UF/sub 6/ - UF/sub 4/ expansion facility". United States.
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title = {Failure analysis of the crane failure at the UF/sub 6/ - UF/sub 4/ expansion facility},
author = {Henry, E and Hubschman, L Jr and Merhley, R and Milazzo, R},
abstractNote = {Cracking of the double strand chain, P/N T-3829, resulted from stress corrosion cracking. The cracks originated from areas of intergranular corrosion located in the center of the pins along the areas where the links are attached. The corrosion present is due to the many corrosive environments the crane has been exposed to over the years. The corrosion is most aggressive in the center of the pin due to entrapment as a result of the links. Pins 2 through 6 failed in shear-face tensile overload as a result of stress corrosion cracking initiating circumferentially around the pin in the region midway through the length of the pin. Pin 1 failed in flat-face tensile overload due to stress corrosion cracking in the same region as pins 2 through 6. Therefore, it is believed that pin 1 was the last to fail. The outer 5 pins were so smeared, that a definite origin could not be determined. However, it is also believed that possibly the missing portion of pin 4 could have failed first, separated the double strand chain inducing a high degree of tensile loading on the rest of the chain, particularly in the area of the chain surrounding pin 4. This tensile loading, along with the high amounts of corrosion present, initiated stress corrosion cracking sites on the various pins, ultimately causing catastrophic failure in tensile overload.},
doi = {},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/7199296}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1987},
month = {12}
}

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