A. Neidel, T. Gädicke, V. Hartanto, S. Wallich, E. Wöhl
February 2, 2018
During a minor inspection of a heavy-duty gas turbine engine, the hexagonal head of a bolt used for fixing a metal plate in the air intake was found on the floor of the air intake casing [1, 2]. The respective washer was not found. It is believed to have been ingested into the engine, having caused moderate compressor damage. The inspection was started after 83.500 operating hours. Only one fractured bolt was found. The subject bolt fractured due to stress corrosion cracking (SCC), induced by pitting corrosion and possibly assisted by crevice corrosion.