Pistons / piston pins
When the FORMULA 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo was only 200 m away from the finish line during the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2015, he suffered catastrophic engine failure without warning. The driver barely managed to roll over the finish line in sixth place. Subsequent analysis showed this had occured due to a broken piston pin.
At high speeds, the pistons and piston pins and other components, have to withstand high loads that occur in the cylinder. This results in very high stress for the component material. In addition, engines are ever becoming smaller to reduce weight while ate the same time increasing efficiency efficiency.
To prevent the pistons and/or piston pins from breaking, it is essential to use appropriate homogeneous material without any defects. The MAGNATEST test system can be used to continuously ensure the microstructure is correct during production, whilst cracked components can be identified using the STATOGRAPH device.
This ensures that only flawless components are installed in the engine to minimize failure. After all, only with a perfectly running engine will you safely reach your destination.