Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 37–39 | Cite as

Failure of a stationary pump engine piston

  • G. G. Martin
Peer Reviewed Articles


Piston failures are not a common occurrence, but they do occur, and failure is usually associated with fatigue crack growth. Most failures initiate at the gudgeon pin hole or in the skirt of the piston. Occasionally they fail elsewhere. In the example covered in this paper, failure initiated in the crown and progressed down to the gudgeon pin before final failure occurred. This paper outlines the cause and mode of failure and shows that small metallurgical discontinuities can contribute to these failures under the right circumstances.


aluminum fatigue piston 


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© ASM International 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. G. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.ATTARSpringvaleAustralia

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