Failure! Why did it happen? Good question! It may have happened to a technical product, an economic investment, a biological condition, or in many other circumstances. Chances are, someone will want to know why such a failure occurred.
Engineers are frequently called upon to find, or are faced with the need to know, the reason for a failure. In the course of your engineering career, you may have on occasion been faced with the task of determining why, or how, a failure has occurred. Besides the economic issues associated with such a failure, there may be safety or other important consequences. Determination of the characteristics of and the reason for failure may be vital. In order to properly, and successfully, assess failures it is necessary to follow a suitable procedure.
This course describes principles and techniques that are helpful in guiding a successful failure appraisal.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions at the end of this course to obtain PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- The definitions of failure, appraisement and root cause
- The basis of a failure investigation
- Identifying what is known and what is unknown about the failure
- Listing assumptions to be used as guides in the investigation
- Steps in the appraisement process
- Implementation of a failure appraisement, from start to finish, through a real-world example problem
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