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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 of abrasive wire rope damage and lack of wire rope lubrication also existed.

Overall view of failed wire rope
Photograph A.  Splayed end of oil field wire rope failure
Close-up view of wire rope failure
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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