TO. ENGINEER. IS HUMAN. The Role of Failure in Successful Design. HENRY PETROSKI am AAA nTIATIS DDnaG /UCV VODY. The moral of this book is that behind every great engineering success is a trail of often ignored (but frequently spectacular) engineering failures. Petroski covers. To Engineer Is Human - [Free] To Engineer Is Human [PDF] [EPUB] Engineers, as practitioners of engineering, are professionals who invent.

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To engineer is human Close. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove To engineer is human from your list? To engineer is human the role of failure in successful design 1st Vintage Books ed. Written in English. Places Hyatts hotel. Times Early s. Edition Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.

P The Physical Object Pagination p. Borrow Download ebook for print-disabled Prefer the physical book? Check nearby libraries with: WorldCat Library. download this book site. Share this book Facebook. History Created April 1, 10 revisions Download catalog record: Wikipedia citation Close. September 13, Edited by ImportBot. February 15, October 25, Even now, when aviation relies on a well-established technology.

They tell each other old jokes about white- knuckle air travelers, but younger generations who have come to use the airplane as naturally as their parents used the railroad and the automobile do not get the joke.

Theirs is the rational attitude, for air travel is safe, the DC—lO crash in Chicago notwith- standing. Two years after that accident, the Federal Aviation Administration was able to announce that in the period covering and , domestic airlines operated without a single fatal accident involving a large passenger jet.

Experience has proven that the risks of technology are very con- trollable. We all know and daily make the trade-offs between our own lives and our pocketbooks, such as when we drive economy-sized automobiles that are incontrovertibly less safe than heavier-built ones. The introduction of seat belts, impact-absorbing bumpers, and emis- sion-control devices have contributed to reducing risks, but gains like these have been achieved at a price to the consumer. Further improvements will take more time to perfect and will add still more to the price of a car, as the development of the air bag system has demonstrated.

Thus there is a constant tension between manu- facturers and consumer advocates to produce safe cars at reason- able prices. So it is with engineering and public safety. And, it would be argued, why ten times stronger?

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Since so few bridges and buildings collapse now, surely ten times stronger would be structural overkill. Such ultraconser- vatism would strain our economy and make our built environment so bulky and massive that architecture and style as we know them would have to undergo radical change. No, it would be argued, ten times is too much stronger.

But less-developed countries may not have the luxury to argue about risk or debate paradoxes, and thus their buildings and boilers can be expected to collapse and explode with what appears to us to be uncommon frequency. Callous though it may seem, the effects of structural reliability Being Human 7 can be measured not only in terms of cost in human lives but also in material terms.

This was done in a recent study conducted by the National Bureau of Standards with the assistance of Battelle Columbus Laboratories. Primarily associated with the transportation and con- Struction industries, many of these expenses arise through the prevention of fracture by overdesign making things heavier than otherwise necessary and maintenance watching for cracks to develop , and through the capital equipment investment costs involved in keeping spare parts.

The report further concludes that the costs associated with fracture could be reduced by one half by our better utilizing available technology and by improved techniques of fracture con- trol expected from future research and development.

Recent studies of the condition of our infrastructure—the water supply and sewer systems, and the networks of highways and bridges that we by and large take for granted—conclude that it has been so sorely neglected in many areas of the country that it would take billions upon billions of dollars to put things back in shape. This condition resulted in part from maintenance being put off to save money during years when energy and personnel costs were taking ever-larger slices of municipal budget pies.

Some water pipes in large cities like New York are one hundred or more years old, and they were neither designed nor expected to last forever.

Ideally, such pipes should be replaced on an ongoing basis to keep the whole water supply system in a reasonably sound condition, so that sudden water main breaks occur very infrequently. The failure of six trans- formers interrupted electrical service for several days.

The area covered by the blackout just happened to be the blocks containing the showrooms of the clothing industry, so that there was mayhem where there would ordinarily have been only madness. Financial losses due to dis- rupted business were put in the millions. In order 'to understand how engineers endeavor to insure against such structural, mechanical, and systems failures, and thereby also to understand how mistakes can be made and acci- dents with far-reaching consequences can occur, it is necessary to understand, at least partly, the nature of engineering design.

While the practice of engineering may involve as much technical experience as the poet brings to the blank page, the painter to the empty canvas, or the composer to the silent keyboard, the understanding and appreciation of the process and products of engineering are no less accessible than a poem, a painting, or a piece of music.

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We have learned to endure the most boring of cocktail parties without the social accident of either our bodies or our glasses succumbing to the force of gravity, having long ago learned to crawl, sit up, and toddle among our tottering towers of blocks. If we could remember those early efforts of ours to raise Being Human 9 ourselves up among the towers of legs of our parents and their friends, then we can begin to. For all of their efforts are to one end: to make something stand that has not stood before, to reassemble Nature into something new, and above all to obviate failure in the effort.

Because man is fallible, so are his constructions, however. Thus the history of structural engineering, indeed the history of engi- neering in general, may be told in its failures as well as in its triumphs.

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Success may be grand, but disappointment can often teach us more. The Code of Hammurabi may have encouraged sound construction of re- producible dwellings, but it could not have encouraged the evolu- tion of the house, not to mention the skyscraper and the bridge, for what builder would have found incentive in the code 'to build what he believed to be a better but untried house?

This is not to say that engineers should be given license to experiment with abandon, but rather to recognize that human nature appears to want to go beyondthe past, in building as in art, and that engineer- ing is a human endeavor. When I was a student of engineering I came to fear the responsi- bility that I imagined might befall me after graduation.

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How, I wondered, could I ever be perfectly sure that something I might design would not break or collapse and kill a number of people? I knew my understanding of my textbooks was less than total, my homework was seldom without some sort of error, and my grades were not straight As.

This disturbed me for some time, and I wondered why my classmates, both the A and C students, were not immobilized by the same phobia.To-Engineer-is Human. We highly encourage our visitors to download original books from the respected publishers. But less-developed countries may not have the luxury to argue about risk or debate paradoxes, and thus their buildings and boilers can be expected to collapse and explode with what appears to us to be uncommon frequency.

All structures will fail due to too much use or incorrect use. You can arrive at an answer that is qualitatively correct, but quantitatively not absolutely accurate. Again, this is a quaint picture and no more.

Others innovate.