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Title: Failure analysis of a steel motorcycle kickstand
Authors: Huda, Z
Shi, KW
Bulpett, R
Keywords: Failure analysis;Ductile fracture;Corrosion;Wears;Electron fractography
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Springer US
Citation: Jounal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, 9(4): 305 - 309, Aug 2009
Abstract: A fractured steel motorcycle kickstand was metallurgically investigated using a range of failure analysis tools [visual examination, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, electron microprobe analysis (EPMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), fractography, optical microscopy, hardness testing and non-destructive testing (NDT)]. The steel kickstand’s composition, its microstructure, electron fractographs, and mechanical test results have been critically interpreted. Some evidence of wear damage, in the failed kickstand, was observed. The microstructural and fractographic analyses showed pre-existing micro-cracks which were believed to have grown to result in ductile failure followed by acceleration of corrosion. Recommendations have been made to avoid the failure of the motorcycle kickstand.
Description: Copyright @ 2009 Springer US.
ISSN: 1547-7029
Appears in Collections:Materials Engineering
The Experimental Techniques Centre

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