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A practical guide to engineering failure investigation

Author: Clifford Matthews
Publisher: London : Professional Engineering Pub., 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Intended for the professional mechanical engineer, A Practical Guide to Engineering Failure Investigation has been written with the specific purpose of helping those involved in serious engineering failures."--BOOK JACKET. "When mechanical plant fails, the technical, legal, and contractual issues become very involved and complicated, and deciding causation can be difficult and prolonged. The principles and  Read more...
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Matthews, Clifford.
Practical guide to engineering failure investigation.
London : Professional Engineering Pub., 1998
(OCoLC)605743657
Online version:
Matthews, Clifford.
Practical guide to engineering failure investigation.
London : Professional Engineering Pub., 1998
(OCoLC)607027141
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clifford Matthews
ISBN: 1860580866 9781860580864
OCLC Number: 40271664
Description: xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements ix Preface xi PART I Chapter 1 About this book 3 Failure investigations - for what purpose? 4 An effective approach 5 Using the book 6 A reminder - your product 7 Chapter 2 Important concepts 9 Types of investigation 9 Core content 11 The damage/causation framework 'model' 12 Key point summary 25 Chapter 3 Roles 27 Investigation - opposing roles 28 A closer look - offence and defence 29 Professional responsibilities 31 The role of money 35 Victory and defeat 36 Key point summary 39 Chapter 4: Strategy and tactics 41 Strategy 42 Tactics 44 Basic skills 54 Key point summary 67 Part I Rewind 69 PART II Introduction 75 Chapter 5 Getting started - The inspection visit 77 Preliminaries - preparing for the visit 77 First contact - asking and listening 83 Some early ideas 86 Next step - the investigation plan 87 Summary - before you leave 90 Key point summary 93 Chapter 6 Design and operation assessment 95 Design assessment 97 The operation assessment 121 Key point summary 131 Chapter 7 Categorization 133 Categorization -v- causation: the difference 133 Paradox: the role of materials science 134 Failure categories 136 The next step 165 Key point summary 167 Chapter 8 Deciding causation 169 About causation 169 Decisions 170 Causation statements - structure 171 Proximate cause 187 Key point summary 195 Chapter 9 Presenting your conclusions 197 The written report 199 The verbal presentation 206 The dispute 208 Basic skill blocks 212 The dispute 'routine' 214 The radial fan case study dispute 219 Key point summary 225 Chapter 10 Insurance investigations 227 The principles of insurance 228 The insurance investigation 236 Back to the case study 244 Key point summary 249 Conclusion 251 Meanwhile, back in the office 253 References 255 Bibliography 256 Index 257
Other Titles: Engineering failure investigation
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