Destructive testing….

Just to check we were getting weld penetration in the new rudder gudgeons we decided to try and break one…..we failed miserably! Despite completely distorting the gudgeon we could not snap the weld in the press. It is always worth checking your gudgeons for small cracks at the end of the weld…if you have not packed out your rudder blade to fit the gudgeon you can often create a point load and fracture the fitting…particularly common on the lower gudgeon!