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A Primer on Structural Failures, by Luis A. Godoy

Questions addressed in this primer:

What is a structural failure?

What are the most common forms of failure?

What is failure analysis?

What are the main concepts in failure analysis?

What fails is a structural system, not just a structure?

Example of failure of a structural system

Is there a method to find causes of failures?

A methodology for research or a method for reporting?

How do we formulate failure hypotheses?

Can we test a hypothesis?

How do we solve a puzzle?


This research was supported by NSF-CCLI, DUE-0736828: "A Computer-Based Simulated Environment to Learn on Structural Failures in Engineering"