By Eric Grilliot
An old adage goes, “success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” For engine builders facing premature failure of engine components, the opposite is true. Failure of components like pistons can have many possible parents. It’s the engine builder’s task to determine the true parentage – or origin – of the failure to ensure the same condition doesn’t happen again.
In this article, we will look at several real-world piston failures and examine how systematic analysis of the component pieces can help determine the cause of the failure and prescribe preventative actions.