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10/5/2019· Exercise Equipment

Exercise Ball Explodes and Injures Professional Athlete

By: Dr. Kenneth H. Brown

One day, while doing his weightlifting routine on the exercise ball in the sauna, the exercise ball exploded, sending Leo onto the ground in an awkward position, with the 200 pound barbell landing on top of his shoulder. Leo’s shoulder was separated and required surgery to repair the damage.

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9/7/2018· Aerosols - Aerosol Products

The Aerosol Laboratory: Safety Check - Ignition Source

By: John Chadwick

I have been wandering around the aerosol industry for the last 35+ years both as an employee of major CPG companies, and, for the past 15 years as an independent aerosol technical consultant. While the attention to safety issues has dramatically improved over time, I am still amazed how often the simplest safety precautions are sometimes overlooked when filling aerosols with flammable propellants. I'll save my horror stories for another time, except for one particularly relevant example at the end of this article.

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9/6/2017· Failure Analysis

Liquid Impact Glass Failure Analysis

By: Dr. Thomas Read

As "water hammer" (i.e. liquid impact) has the potential to cause glass bottle failure, Read Consulting LLC created two such failures to study the resulting fracture surface details.

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4/23/2015· Failure Analysis

Weld Failure Analysis: Chair Failure Due to Inadequate Weld

By: Dr. Thomas Read

Read Consulting was asked to determine why a welded chair failed and caused injury to the person sitting in it.

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5/6/2014· Failure Analysis

Rail Cracking due to Residual Stress from Manufacturing and Heat Treating

By: Dr. T. Kim Parnell

Rail residual stress distributions can be complex and variable in nature, as different manufacturing techniques produce varying stress magnitudes and distributions. To evaluate the effect of residual stresses on rail integrity, an analysis technique was sought that could quantify the effect of these stresses on web crack propagation.

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2/26/2014· Failure Analysis

Forensic Clues: Elderly Mobility Aids

By: John Ryan, BSME, PE

A significant number of elderly persons experience falls every year. In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries involving elderly people were treated in emergency rooms around the country. In the same year, 21,700 elderly people died as the result of unintentional falls. Falls for elderly people are extremely hazardous as they may not recover from fractures and other injuries.

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2/3/2014· Failure Analysis

Failure Analysis: Manufacturing Engineer Examines the Root Cause of Automobile Rear View Mirror Failures

By: Dr. Thomas Read

The root cause of the failure of customer returns of heated automobile rear view mirrors was investigated.

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12/20/2013· Failure Analysis

Outboard Boating Engine Accident: Mechanical Failure Analysis

By: Gerald Davis

A severe personal injury incident occurred as a recreational fishing boat was approaching a dock at approximately 20 mph after a day on the water. The large outboard engine (75 HP) on the stern of the boat struck a fixed underwater obstruction, flipped into the boat while still running and amputated the hand of a passenger seated near the engine.

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5/14/2013· Failure Analysis

Forensic Clues: Rear-End Collisions and Automobile Seat Failure

By: John Ryan, BSME, PE

Two and a half million rear-end collisions occur every year. Rear-end collisions are usually caused by driver inattentiveness.

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4/2/2013· Failure Analysis

Forensic Clues: Structural Failures

By: John Ryan, BSME, PE

Structural failures of buildings range from catastrophic building failures involving mass loss of life and/or property to structural problems such as sagging floors or ceilings, leaning walls, cracking or sinking foundations.

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