Failure analysis of piano strings

A new interesting paper in  » Engineering Failure Analysis » published on

This paper studies the failure cause of two types of piano strings. Were taken into consideration bass and acute strings of a grand piano concert broken up. The mechanisms leading to rupture the strings are examined. The critical points studied are : tuning pin, agraffe, compression points, environment, tuner.

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Analyse de défaillance des pièces plastiques, élastomères ou composites

Un ouvrage de référence pour ceux qui s’intéressent à l’analyse de défaillance des pièces autres que métalliques
Ce livre, publié par le Cetim, rassemble toutes les données permettant d’identifier et de comprendre les causes d’une avarie (conception, matière première, composition, transformation, stockage et conditions d’utilisation). Il décrit les différentes méthodes d’investigation, analyse les types de défaillances et consacre une large part à l’étude de cas réels. Le lecteur acquière en ce sens des connaissances pratiques et accède au niveau de l’expertise. Cet ouvrage s’adresse à tout le personnel de fabrication des pièces à base de polymères ainsi qu’aux experts amenés à traiter des sinistres (pièces ou éléments de structure).

Case study: Analysis of the response of an aircraft structure caused by a propeller blade loss

A  paper published in « Case studies in Engineering Failure Analysis »  on

One of the most severe failures in an aircraft provided with turboprops is an airscrew blade loss, this article is focused on the response of the structure after the break of a blade. The effects of stiffness and strength changes on the mounting system are analyzed. The research covers different parameters which can influence the phenomenon. The FEM model is suitable to simulate blade loss collapse sequence. The model has a perfectly-plastic material law and detects damage zones and failures…..Read more

Failure of the Chassis of Roller Skates for Figure Skating

An interesting  paper in « Case study in Engineering Failure Analysis » published on This paper dealt with the analysis of a novel chassis for figure roller skates, made of P-AlMgSi alloy, which experienced a premature failure. An integrated approach had to be used to overcome the several criticalities of the study. The research led to the individuation of the primary cause of failure, standing in bending fatigue, due to the high number of jumps (i.e.: fatigue cycles) being performed during figure skating training. A solution to the problem was suggested, which led to an improved and optimized project of the chassis with positive outcomes (from the technical and mechanical points of view) in its use.

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Analysis and Optimization of Rocker ARM

An article published in the «  International Journal of Engineering Science and Computing« , September 2017.

A rocker arm is a valve train component in internal combustion engines. As rocker arm is acted on by a camshaft lobe, it pushes and opens either the intake or exhaust valve. This allows fuel and air to be drawn into the combustion chamber during the intake stroke or exhaust gases to be expelled during the exhaust stroke. Rocker arms were first invented in the 19th century and have been changed a little in function since then. Improvements have been made, however, in both efficiencies of operation and construction materials. About Rocker arm of Tata Sumo, vista. They will make the exact design of rocker arm of Tata sumo …..Read more

Catalogue formations 2018 : relevez les défis de demain !

Le catalogue formations 2018 du Cetim est disponible. Une offre regroupant 350 formations métiers déclinée en filières, dont une dédiée à l’industrie du futur avec notamment ses nouvelles technologies de fabrication additive, de robotisation ou de contrôle non destructif.

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On the crystallographic, stage I-like, character of fine granular area formation in internal fish-eye fatigue cracks

The crystallographic character of fine granular area (FGA) formation from internal particles in martensitic high strength steel has been revealed by an assessment of the plastic zone size at the FGA border. This plastic zone size corresponded to about 3 times the martensite lath width. Tests at different temperatures (20°C, 200°C and 400°C) revealed a decreasing FGA size with increasing temperature at constant applied stress amplitude. As a consequence, the critical stress intensity factor varied as the FGA decreased with temperature. In contrast, the critical plastic zone size remained constant and equal to the sizes of microstructural features. This represents a strong similarity between crystallographic, stage I-like, crack propagation and FGA formation in a vacuum. ….Read the article


La corrosion des armoires électriques d’Alstom Power avait-elle pour origine un problème de peinture ou une raison exogène ? En faisant appel au Cetim, l’industriel a trouvé la réponse, renforcé ses forces d’investigation et fourni des recommandations…Lire l’article.


Fault tree analysis of failure cause of crushing plant and mixing bed hall at Khoy cement factory in Iran

A paper published un « Case Studies ni Engineering Failure Analysis », april 2014.

Evaluating and analyzing the risk in the mining industry is a new approach for improving the machinery performance. We use fault tree analysis for modeling occurrence of undesired events (failures) in cement factory. In this model, The authors use fault tree analysis for modeling occurrence of undesired events (failures) in cement factory. They focused on crushing and mixing bed hall department. Analysis of case study extended to system and subsystem levels for each department.

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Investigation on brittle fracture mechanism of a grade E cast steel knuckle

A paper published on « Case Studies in Ingineering Failure Analysis », on april 2014.

This paper investigated the brittle fracture mechanism of a grade E cast steel knuckle that is one of the key components of the coupler for railway wagon. The fracture morphology mainly shows the characteristic of cleavage, quasi-cleavage fracture as well as a little ductile fracture, so the failure of the knuckle can be attributed to brittle fracture distinctly. Moreover, a welding repair area with high hardness is also found in the fracture region, which might initiate micro-cracks on the surface of the knuckle. As a result, it can be inferred that under an impact load that did not exceed material fracture limit, the micro-cracks initiated from weld repair zone propagated rapidly into the inner matrix by continuously fracturing the dendrites along shrinkage porosity regions until the knuckle failed instantly.

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