Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 588–594 | Cite as

Damage Assessment Using Fractography as Failure Surface Evaluation: Applications in Industrial Metalworking Machinery

  • George A. Pantazopoulos


Fractography is a powerful analytic tool for the evaluation of failure surface topography and root-cause analyses. Fractography, embracing both light and electron optics methods, is utilized in modern failure analysis and is recognized by the engineering community as a unique process for industrial problem solving, evaluating machinery/component failures, and providing solutions for performance improvements. In the present study, the role of fractography is highlighted through characteristic failures of industrial machinery components. Low-power stereomicroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) micro-fractography are the principal analytic tools that were used in the context of the present research.


Macrofractography Microfractography Metalworking machinery Fatigue Overload 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ELKEME Hellenic Research Centre for Metals S.A.AthensGreece

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