Technical Analysis: The stronger the better is not necessarily the case for fasteners 31 July 2015

Have you ever come across a situation in which a high strength, plated fastener has failed in a brittle manner? Hydrogen induced cracking of plated high strength fasteners is relatively common.

It is also common for the blame to be attached to some fault in the manufacturing process rather than the service environment in which the fastener is placed. Rather than a manufacturing flaw it could be due to the choice of the type of fastener, coupled with the service environment in which the fastener is placed, that is the root cause of the failure. This is not widely recognised.

Ref: FFT111310/20

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Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.

Alongside visiting numerous companies, exhibitions and conferences around the world, Claire has also interviewed high profile figures – focusing on key topics impacting the sector and making sure readers stay up to date with the latest developments within the industry.