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COMPONENT FAILURE MUSEUM

The main sections of the museum are listed below;

Metal Fatigue
Manufacturing Faults
Bicycle Components
Corrosion
Polymers
Composite Materials

Tools of the trade, some ways to investigate problems;
Photoelasticity
Dye penetrant testing

Glossary
of materials engineering terms

 

Polymer Component Failures

 

Stress corrosion cracking of nylon 6,6

A problem with stress corrosion cracking on a fuel return pipe on a diesel vehicle, allowed leakage of fuel that led to several road traffic accidents.

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Lead acid battery problem

 

A problem with large lead-acid traction batteries for powering the locos on the railway system in Hong Kong, a fire had occurred in one of the batteries.

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Scissor handle failure

 

A fracture to the injection moulded handle rendered these scissors unusable.

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Leaking car cooling water system

 

Problems with an 'O' ring on a car cooling water system.

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