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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 27-31

Predictive Failure of Cylindrical Coatings Using Weibull Analysis

1Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, USA
2National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
3MS 5/9, NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland 44135, OH, USA

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Rotating, coated wiping rollers used in a high-speed printing application failed primarily from fatigue. Two coating materials were evaluated: a hard, cross-linked, plasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and a softer, plasticized PVC. A total of 447 tests was conducted with these coatings in a production facility. The data were evaluated using Weibull analysis. The softer coating produced more than twice the life of the harder cross-linked coating and reduced the wiper replacement rate by two-thirds, resulting in minimum production interruption.