Depending upon identifiable variables in circumstances, society may effectively require a range of performance between complete freedom from failure and general acceptance of repeated failures of a life-threatening nature. An attempt is made to classify the variables of circumstance which seem to govern public expectation and to create a structure in which the degree of freedom from mechanical failure which will be tolerated by the public can be reviewed. The possibility of using this structure for estimating public reaction to failure is discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 20th meeting of the NBS Mechanical Failures Prevention Group, Gaithersburg, Maryland, May 8-10 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Bureau of Standards

    Technical Analysis Division
    Washington, DC  United States  20234
  • Authors:
    • Wakeland, H L
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Accession Number: 00142534
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Spec. Pub 423 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1976 12:00AM