About the Book
"Failure analysis is considered to be the examination of the characteristics and causes of equipment or component failure. In most cases this involves the consideration of physical evidence and the use of engineering and scientific principles and analytical tools. However, analysis of the physical evidence alone may not be adequate to reach this goal. Analyzing failures is a critical process in determining the physical root causes of problems. The process is complex, draws upon many different technical disciplines, and uses a variety of observation, inspection, and laboratory techniques. One of the key factors in properly performing a failure analysis is keeping an open mind while examining and analyzing the evidence to foster a clear, unbiased perspective of the failure. Collaboration with experts in other disciplines is required in certain circumstances to integrate the analysis of the evidence with a quantitative understanding of the stressors and background information on the design, manufacture, and service history of the failed product or system. Just as failure analysis is a proven discipline for identifying the physical roots of failures, root-cause analysis (RCA) techniques are effective in exploring some of the other contributors to failures, such as the human and latent root causes. Properly performed, failure analysis and RCA are critical steps in the overall problem-solving process and are key ingredients for correcting and preventing failures, achieving higher levels of quality and reliability, and ultimately enhancing customer satisfaction.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Applied Engineering Failure Analysis’ introduces the concepts of failure analysis, root-cause analysis, and the role of failure analysis as a general engineering tool for enhancing product quality and failure prevention. The discipline of failure analysis has evolved and matured, as it has been employed and formalized as a means for failure prevention. Consistent with the recent trend toward increased accountability and responsibility, its purpose has been extended to include determining which party may be liable for losses, be they loss of production, property damage, injury, or fatality. The discipline has also been used effectively as a teaching tool for new or less experienced engineer.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Applied Engineering Failure Analysis’ delivers an integrated approach for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as for practicing engineers. The handbook provides a hands-on approach to EFA, which helps the user to develop an understanding of potential failure situations, to explore the consequences, and to better understand how to solve similar problems; it also helps users to develop their own techniques for most other engineering failure problems."