Titanium Bolt Failure.


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Aug 9, 2008 - 04:05pm PT
JLP's points were all good. i just had to come up with an understandable explanation of why radius of curvature is important, and if that is a factor that is where you may get failure. I have seen enough pitons and such bent all out of shape without breaking to cause me to worry about things in addition to bending.

The picture I saw showed a bolt broken cleanly with relatively little bending. That and Doc's discussion of how this material is alloyed convinces me absolutely and never to count on such a bolt as my only protection. But that is me and you folks are you.

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Aug 9, 2008 - 04:10pm PT
Dr. Rock
I'm pleased to see you also mentioning angles and variances with

Elongation factor is what I was referring to as questioning shock loads.

Hardman Knott,
I only looked at the bend. The first thing to mind was heat
being the weld applied to the element. Usually a proper weld is
stronger than the original state of the element. However the
heat dissipation upon the surrounding area may cause weakness
below the original state of the element.

KRail barrier protects persons, places and things behind the
barrier from oncoming traffic. Persons places or things are not
protected from oncoming traffic when in front of the barrier.
Again with this said the bolt appears to have possibly been
placed incorrectly and or the bolt was being used as a anchor
for a guideline and placed under load of varying angles due to,
perhaps wind (continuous shock load) in which case perhaps a
different element maybe a better choice?

This bend does not appear to be from deterioration of the
element. The bend appears to be from a loading factor.

does look like a clean break and i'm not certain the bend
is not from the manufacturer? Almost clean breaks are common
with certain grade bolts while other grades will bend slightly

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