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Failure analysis of a bearing bush of a feed water pump

Failure analysis of a bearing bush of a feed water pump BACKGROUND:A rolling bearing bush alloy of a feed water pump that is part of a waste heat boiler of an oil refinery has failed.OBJECTIVE:We try to analyze the reasons that caused the working surface of the bearing bush of the water pump to fall off and then give some suggestions to this failure.METHODS:The composition, microstructure, pit, and crack morphology of the bearing bush alloy were analyzed by the X-ray fluorescent analysis, the energy spectrum analysis, the optical microscope and the scanning electron microscope, respectively.RESULTS:The content of Pb in the bearing bush alloy was high, and the Cu content was low. The primary crystal Cu6Sn5 was low, and the crystal of SnSb with low density moved upward and segregated. The above phenomenon reduced the fatigue resistance of the babbitt alloy. The bearing bush was subjected to alternating loads in service, and several small cracks were generated on the bearing bush alloy working surface. The cracks continued to expand and connected with each other. Fatigue pitting occurred on the bearing bush working surface, a large number of pits were formed, and several large alloy blocks fell off.CONCLUSIONS:The Pb content in the failed bearing bush alloy was too high and did not meet the requirements of the Sn-based babbitt alloys in the national standard. At the same time, the primary crystal Cu6Sn5 formed by Cu and Sn was low due to the low Cu content, and the crystal SnSb with a small density moved upward and segregated. The composition of the babbitt alloy, especially the Cu content, should be strictly controlled to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the bearing. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Strength, Fracture and Complexity iospress

Failure analysis of a bearing bush of a feed water pump

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IOS Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2021 © 2021 – IOS Press. All rights reserved
ISSN
1567-2069
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1875-9262
DOI
10.3233/SFC-210262
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Abstract

BACKGROUND:A rolling bearing bush alloy of a feed water pump that is part of a waste heat boiler of an oil refinery has failed.OBJECTIVE:We try to analyze the reasons that caused the working surface of the bearing bush of the water pump to fall off and then give some suggestions to this failure.METHODS:The composition, microstructure, pit, and crack morphology of the bearing bush alloy were analyzed by the X-ray fluorescent analysis, the energy spectrum analysis, the optical microscope and the scanning electron microscope, respectively.RESULTS:The content of Pb in the bearing bush alloy was high, and the Cu content was low. The primary crystal Cu6Sn5 was low, and the crystal of SnSb with low density moved upward and segregated. The above phenomenon reduced the fatigue resistance of the babbitt alloy. The bearing bush was subjected to alternating loads in service, and several small cracks were generated on the bearing bush alloy working surface. The cracks continued to expand and connected with each other. Fatigue pitting occurred on the bearing bush working surface, a large number of pits were formed, and several large alloy blocks fell off.CONCLUSIONS:The Pb content in the failed bearing bush alloy was too high and did not meet the requirements of the Sn-based babbitt alloys in the national standard. At the same time, the primary crystal Cu6Sn5 formed by Cu and Sn was low due to the low Cu content, and the crystal SnSb with a small density moved upward and segregated. The composition of the babbitt alloy, especially the Cu content, should be strictly controlled to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the bearing.

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Strength, Fracture and Complexityiospress

Published: Oct 20, 2021

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