RESEARCH PAPERS: Fatigue, Fracture, and Failure Analysis

On a Broader Definition of Machine Failure

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J. B. Sevart

Advance Technology, Inc., Wichita, Kansas 67208

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 106(4), 483-487 (Oct 01, 1984) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269224 History: Received June 14, 1983; Online November 23, 2009


The purpose of this paper is to direct the attention of machine designers to a concept of “failure” which is far more inclusive than mechanical failures. For all machines used by man there are three general criteria that must be simultaneously met. These are function, affordability, and the human element. Failure of a design in any one of these criteria can result in a defective design and can have an adverse impact on society. The paper challenges the designer to prevent these failures and presents basic concepts for doing so.

Copyright © 1984 by ASME
Topics: Machinery , Failure , Design
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