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Failure Investigation of Products and Components in Metal Forming Industry: Root Cause Analysis and Process-Based Approach

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Abstract

Fatigue fracture, occurring in selected industrial manufactured products and components during production, testing or service conditions, is a typical failure mode. Primarily, the main qualitative and phenomenological aspects and features of failure modes are presented for industrial components (track-type chain blocks and steel rebars), based on case history approach, and correlated with the prevailed operating loading conditions. These characteristics are mainly recorded for the identification of the emergent failure mechanism(s). The second part of the paper includes the presentation of selected methodological techniques which are briefly summarized and discussed. The aim is to provide a wider perspective of failure prevention, using the process and systems approach principles, which broaden the scope of the organization capability to address and minimize the risks and capitalize the opportunities, assisting to quality and business improvement.

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Papadopoulou, S., Vazdirvanidis, A., Toulfatzis, A. et al. Failure Investigation of Products and Components in Metal Forming Industry: Root Cause Analysis and Process-Based Approach. J Fail. Anal. and Preven. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11668-020-00801-4

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Keywords

  • Fractography
  • Fatigue
  • Industrial components
  • Steel rebars