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The Challenger disaster is a case in point. Some remind us that the Thiokol engineers recommended not flying the mission precisely because of the danger to the fuel cell o-rings-managers overrode their recommendation. . On the evening of March 10, 1995, in Southern California near Coalinga, the twin bridges carrying Interstate 5 over the Arroyo Pasajero collapsed, killing seven people.The sandy-bottomed arroyo, which is normally dry, was no match for the swiftly flowing floodwaters, and the resulting scour around the bridge foundations led to their failure. Bridges collapse. Act of god? Nuclear bombs and power stations Hiroshima little boy
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Unformatted text preview: Chernobyl, dead zone, mechanical engine problems. • Three mile island • Bohpal India chem. Eng fuck up union carbide. English manuals, no promotions, cost cuts, 5000 dead long term effects pulmonary edema, cancer, blindness. Ultimately, we hope to understand, if not answer, the following questions: • Is failure an essential ingredient of engineering progress? • Can methodology be developed aimed at avoiding unintended consequences? • The willingness of engineers to assume responsibility for the work, • Indeed, the engineers to be responsible for their work, is inextricably a part of the answers to these questions. •...
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  • Spring '08
  • Hassani
  • Nuclear weapon, Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, swiftly flowing floodwaters, Arroyo Pasajero, fuel cell o-rings-managers

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