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Bolt Failure Causes Factory Fire: Failure Analysis Identifies Root Cause




West Midlands


Failure investigation

Fastener testing

From Catastrophe to Confidence: Recommendations for safety and efficiency following bolt failure that caused factory fire

Project Overview

The Challenge

The Solution

The Results

Key outcomes

Identified root cause of failure

as fatigue cracking due to alternating stresses over time, and improper tightening and loosening of bolts during service

Confirmed material compliance

using chemical analysis and hardness testing, ensuring that the failure was due to operational factors rather than material defects.

Preventative recommendations

were given to minimise the risk of future failures, including using vibration damping washers, routine maintenance, and periodically replacing bolts

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