REVIEW ARTICLES: Session VI: Structures

Structures and Geriatrics From a Failure Analysis Experience Viewpoint

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David M. Hopper

Hopper and Associates Engineers, 300 Vista Del Mar, Redondo Beach CA 90277

Appl. Mech. Rev 46(5), 213-216 (May 01, 1993) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3120339 History: Online April 29, 2009


In a failure analysis consulting engineering practice one sees a variety of structural failures from which observations may be made concerning geriatric structures. Representative experience with power plants, refineries, offshore structures, and forensic investigations is summarized and generic observations are made regarding the maintenance of fitness for purpose of structures. Although it is important to optimize the engineering design for a range of operational and environmental variables, it is essential that fabrication and inspection controls exist along with common sense based ongoing monitoring and operations procedures.

Copyright © 1993 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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