Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 1019–1022 | Cite as

Motorcycle Hose Clamp Failure Analysis

  • Wayne Reitz
  • Dean Heiling
Technical Article---Peer-Reviewed


A radiator hose clamp failed on a motorcycle resulting in loss of traction and a crash. This paper describes the analysis and findings regarding the failure mechanism of the subject hose clamp. Reuse of the hose clamp, rather than replacement during engine refurbishment, allowed a fatigue crack to initiate and propagate to failure.


Cracking Failure analysis Fatigue failure Microstructure Vibration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Talbott Associates, Inc.PortlandUSA
  2. 2.Heiling Dwyer AttorneysPortlandUSA

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