Microstructural Investigation on Failure of Internal Drive Shaft
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17-4 PH stainless steel is used as internal drive shaft material in liquid engine pumps. One of the drive shafts failed during operation. The shaft pieces were in contact for short duration after failure, which has resulted in abrasion of fractured surfaces. Samples from the location of failure were taken, and investigation of the failure was carried out using optical and scanning electron microscopy. The microstructural analysis of the material and fractographic analysis of the fractured surface show that the failure was caused by excessive torsion.
Keywords17-4PH Stainless steel Torsion failure
We are thankful to our MCD colleagues for timely support provided for microstructural work. The authors also wish to thank Director, VSSC for granting permission to publish this work.