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Wire Rope Failure

Metallurgical failure analysis was requested for a failed piece of oilfield wire rope. Macro and microscopic examination showed the wire rope failed as a result of metal fatigue. Evidence also existed of abrasive wire rope damage and lack of wire rope lubrication.

Overall view of failed wire rope
Photograph A Splayed end of oil field wire rope failure
Close-up view of wire rope
Photograph B  Failed wire rope wires show extreme wear, flat fracture and stepped fracture indicating metal fatigue.

As a result of the metallurgical failure analysis,it was determined that inadequate lubrication and improper usage by the operator of the equipment was the causes of the wire rope failure.

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