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Failure analysis of conveyor chain links: a case study at Top Glove Sdn. Bhd.

Haris, Nur Ismalina (2013) Failure analysis of conveyor chain links: a case study at Top Glove Sdn. Bhd. Masters thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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This case study is to investigate the causes of failure of chain system through characterization on the failure component. The failures that occur are relate to welding because this dipping latex industry use customized chain that have to be welded at joining with outer chain links. The analysis revealed that the weld defect such as crater leads the crack propagation and added with cyclic loading that cause the fatigue failure. The fatigue failure occurs due to this inherited crack at the outer circumference of the weld within chain attachment and outer chain link plate. This type of defect also can be categories as designing-in defect. Fatigue crack propagation was evident by progressive beach marks and the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis revealed the types of microstructure that resulting at heat affected zone (HAZ). Hardness testing by using Rockwell Tester found the different hardness profile at three areas that are weld metal, base metal and heat affected zone. The maximum hardness values were found at heat affected zone and weld metal. Finite element method (FEM) that is Ansys Workbench was used to review the different size of outer link plate thickness that affected to the stress distribution. It was found that stress can be minimized with increasing the plate thickness.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401-492 Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2014 06:20
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2014 06:20
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/4733
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