From time to time the public is made aware of the inadequacies of engineering design, errors in construction of failures of materials by the publicity given to major engineering disasters. For many of the failures, both minor and major, the properties of the materials used contributed to, or were the prime cause of, the failure. Even in cases where the failure cannot be directly attributed to the materials used, a thorough examination, e.g. metallographic; chemical analysis, fractography, can indicate the main factors responsible for the failure. Little can be learned from a general review of engineering failures and it is necessary to look at some of the detail to appreciate how things go wrong and what precautions can be taken to ensure the maximum safety in future designs. This article concentrates on the role played by materials in a small selection of instances of failure.

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    Design Council

    29 Haymarket
    London SW14 4SU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Ball, J G
    • Rawlings, R D
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 1344
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 218
    • Issue Number: 12
    • ISSN: 0013-7782

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190355
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM