Failure Analysis of a High-Pressure Component
Martensitic stainless steel nuts were received for failure analysis. A few of these nuts cracked at the immediate stress loading while the others fractured after 2 years of service. These nuts were subjected to different metallurgical tests such as visual examination, optical microscopy, chemical analysis, hardness testing, and fractography. It was concluded that improper heat treatment weakened the structure and subsequently fractured on the application of load.
KeywordsAISI 420 High-pressure component Stainless steel Failure analysis
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