Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 551–554 | Cite as

Failure of Bolt Threads Exposed to Shear Stress

  • Wayne Reitz
Case History---Peer-Reviewed


An agricultural grain cart rolled over during harvest when a bolt in the hitch assembly failed. The bolt failed due to high shear stress in a thread root. The bolt would not have failed under the same conditions if the threads were not present in the shear zone (different bolt with a longer shank region). The cart rolled over due to bolt failure as a result of high shear stress.


Failure analysis Fasteners Ferrous metals Forensic analysis 


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© ASM International 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Talbott Associates, Inc.PortlandUSA

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