Failure Analysis of Fencing Blades

Kibaroglu D., Baydogan M. , Cimenoglu H., Bas B., Yagsi C., Aliyeva N.

6th International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear (FFW), Porto, Portugal, 26 - 27 July 2017, vol.843 identifier identifier


This study deals with the failure analysis of broken fencing blades (one epee and one foil). For the characterization of the broken blades, metallographic examinations, chemical analysis, hardness measurements, fracture surface examinations and tensile tests were performed. Maximum stress occurred at the outer fibres of the blades was estimated as high as 1456 MPa and 1298 MPa for epee and foil, respectively. Results showed that failure of the blades was initiated from a notch, which has been formed as the result of an impact action during training, or from the groove machined along the blade for inserting an electrical wire. In order to increase resistance of the blades against such failures, alternative blade material, modified blade geometry and a surface hardening treatment were proposed.