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Engineering Science (E SC)

E SC 120S Design for Failure--First-Year Seminar (1) This seminar, through the utilization of commonly used examples, discusses the engineering principles which are exploited by such designs.

E SC 120S Design for Failure (1)

Although an important facet of engineering design is to minimize the possibility of failure of a system component, there are many devices which actually protect a system by their controlled "failure". Further, some components are designed to "work" through failure. In the former situation are such devices as: a shear pin in an outboard motor driveline, a fuse in an electrical circuit, a valve actuated by heat in a sprinkler system. In the latter situation, "tab tops " allow one to open a beverage can, perforations cause the paper towel to "tear" in a prescribed manner, plasticity/elasticity allows stamped parts, such as automobile hoods, to retain their new shape following stamping.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2000

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.