Failure Classifications

by E. Chesson, Jr., Univ of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures


A detailed description of the failure classification with respect to the constructed facilities is presented. Author is of the opinion that most reports of failure even of an extensive statistical nature do not really provide enough imformation to allow the reader to form precise conclusion. It is shown in the paper that the actual cause of failure may not have been known when the classification of cause was made. The format for the Performance Report is also presented, along with the AEPIC quick codes.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Structural failures | Information systems | Standards and codes | Industrial facilities | Inspection | Systems engineering | Litigation

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